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Former Chief Officers attend special day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of West Mercia Police

To commemorate the 50h anniversary of West Mercia Police, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham invited the previous West Mercia Police (and Constabulary) Chief Constables, Deputy Chief Constables and Assistant Chief Constables who were able to attend a special event at Hindlip Hall last week.


The theme of the day was to reflect and celebrate the past 50 years and looking to the future, a future that had been helped shaped by those in attendance. One of the main events of the day was the tour of the new Operations and Communications Centre (OCC); where Hereford & Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service will join us to share operational control.

The construction work is almost complete, and the tour the Chiefs took showed clearly where the operations will all be housed and provided an insight to how we are modernising our command and control with one of the most advanced control centres in the country.

Following the tour, the Chiefs joined children from St Leonard's School in Shropshire who are among 20 schools from all across the local policing areas attending a day at headquarters this week. Each school has been learning all about who the police are and what the police do. There have even been visits from Peeler the Dog! On this occasion, the Chiefs joined in learning all about Stranger Danger before the children left to help plant the commemorative trees which will help shape the landscape for the new OCC, as well as form a legacy of celebration.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said "The day was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 50th birthday of West Mercia Police by bringing together our former chief officers and local school children; recognising both the history and future of policing. Despite significant changes in the way we police today, the event reminded us all that the values of West Mercia, to protect people from harm, remains as important today as it did when the force was formed in 1967. I am immensely proud of the commitment our police officers, PSCO's and staff demonstrate on a daily basis and I look forward to continuing our work together to provide a strong, confident and compassionate service to our communities into the next fifty years, and beyond."


Issued by Alex Gale, Corporate Communications



Published 03/10/17