WEST Mercia Police could see a further 115 officers joining its ranks.
The new recruits would be additional to Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s previous commitment to increase officer numbers.
If the proposals go ahead, it would take the force’s establishment up to around 2,150 officers. The highest level the force has seen since 2012.
The plan is part of the Commissioner’s budget proposals for the coming years.
The recruits would be paid for through an increase in central grant funding from Government, as well as an increase in council tax of around £1.63 per month for the average household in 2019/20.
News of the possible boost to recruitment comes as West Mercia Police builds towards the end of its ‘strategic alliance’ with Warwickshire Police later this year.
Last year the Redditch Standard heard from a serving officer covering North Worcestershire in which they voiced fears of the Police’s ability to do their job with the number of officers available, fears strenuously denied by senior management.
PCC Campion has launched a public consultation on his draft budget which will close on January 20, 2019.
To have your say visit www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk