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Force Structure

West Mercia Police is organised into five policing areas which cover the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.

Our territorial policing units are:


As of July 2014, the force employs 1948 police officers, 252 community support officers, 1,550 police staff and 320 members of the Special Constabulary.

Chief Officers

In June 2011, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police agreed to form an alliance between their two forces.  The alliance will enable both forces to meet the challenge of reducing policing budgets and provide greater operational and organisational resilience in the years ahead. Together we will deliver high quality, value for money policing services to protect our communities from harm (View the full announcement).

Force identities will be retained and both forces will continue to address local policing priorities agreed with local communities and partners.

Each force retains separate Chief Constables and Deputy Chief Constables who remain accountable to their Police Authorties for the delivery of policing.  Assistant Chief Constables have shared portfolios across both forces, as do the Director of Finance and Director of Enabling Services posts.

Chief Constable David Shaw

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Deputy Chief Constable Anthony Bangham

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The Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable are responsible for the overall control and direction of the force and liaison with the wider Alliance Chief Officer team.

Assistant Chief Constable - Local Policing, Gareth Morgan

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Responsible for:

Territorial Policing

Including anti-social behaviour, community reassurance, community resolution, crime risk management, hate crime, licensing, local crime investigations, local CID investigations, offender management, problem-solving and harm reduction, response policing, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, schools liason, supporting key events (e.g. football matches), volunteer management and youth inclusion.

  • Head of Local Policing - Chief Superintendent Nick Mason (biography)
    Policing areas
    • Herefordshire - Superintendent Sue Thomas (biography)
    • North Worcestershire - Superintendent Kevin Purcell (biography)
    • Shropshire - Superintendent James Tozer (biography)
    • South Worcestershire - Superintendent Mark Travis (biography)
    • Telford & Wrekin - Superintendent Nav Malik (biography)


Operational Support Services

Including call handling and deployment, case file progression and submission to the Crime Prosecution Service, civil disclosure (e.g. CRB checks), crime bureau, custody, evidence review, firearms licensing, front counters management, incident management and recording, traffic and tickets, witness care.

  • Head of Operational Support- Chief Superintendent Amanda Blakeman (biography)
    • Operations & Communications Centres - Superintendent Charles Hill


Assistant Chief Constable - Protective Services, Lewis Benjamin

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Responsible for: 

  • Head of Protective Services - Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Rowsell (biography)

Crime Management

  • Crime Manager - Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister


Including chemicals, digital evidence, fingerprints, footwear, high-tech crime, imaging and CCTV, Scenes of Crime Officers.

  • Head of Forensic Services - Nick McCoy


Including analysis, research and processing, Covert Authorities, risk assessment, witness support

  • Head of Intelligence - Detective Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith

Major Investigations

Including casualty bureau, exhibits and disclosure management, major incident investigation, Holmes management, investigation deployment

  • Head of Major Investigations Unit - Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee


Including Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear response, co-ordinated searches, firearms, road policing and safety, dogs section, operations planning and duties management, air support.

  • Head of Operations - Superintendent Lee Davenport

Protecting Vulnerable People

Including child protection, child exploitation enquiries, concerns for mental health, domestic abuse, sexual offences, vulnerable adults, management of offenders.

  • Head of Protecting Vulnerable People - Superintendent Steve Cullen

Specialist Operations

Including economic crime, serious and organised crime, Special Branch, surveillance, technical support.

  • Head of Specialist Operations - Superintendent Daryn Elton


Director of Enabling Services, Richard Elkin

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Responsible for the following Command portfolios within West Mercia:

Business Assurance and Continuous Improvement

Including legal services, performance management, strategic planning.

Contracts & Procurement

Including contracts management and supplies management.

  • Head of Contracts and Procurement - Ann Church (biography)

Corporate Communications

Including internal communications, media campaigns, press relations and digital media.

  • Head of Corporate Communications - Kate Quilley (biography)

Estates Services

Including assets and property management, facilities management.

  • Head of Estates Services - Clive Phillips

Information Communications & Technology

Including ICT infrastructure management, communications technology

  • Head of Information and Communications Technology - Wayne Parkes (biography)

People Services

Including Human Resources, Professional Standards, workforce development

  • Head of People Services - Tania Coppola (biography)

  • Head of Workforce Development (including Professional Standards) - Superintendent Steve Eccleston


Including fleet management and vehicle maintenance.

  • Head of Transport Services - Dave Newbold


Director of Finance Heather Costello

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Responsible for:

Corporate Finance

Including accountancy, budgeting, financial planning, financial systems management, insurance, management accounting, payroll, treasury management, pensions and payments.

  • Head of Corporate Finance - Jeff Carruthers (biography)

Resource Management

Including budgeted posts management, financial administration, seized and found property, document archiving, secretarial support.

  • Head of Resource Management - Rachel Hartland-Lane

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