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West Mercia Police launches recruitment campaign in Herefordshire to drive up officer numbers

West Mercia Police is set to ensure efficient and effective policing across Shropshire by launching a high profile advertising campaign to recruit police officers today (4th February).

The force is utilising public transport in the form of eye-catching bus posters, all featuring serving West Mercia officers.

As well as new student officers, applications are also being sought from transferee officers from other police forces, who may be keen to enjoy all of the benefits of living and working in Herefordshire.

Martin Evans, Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing, said: "The campaign aims to reach out to people who want to make a difference to the communities of Herefordshire, whether joining as new recruits or experienced police officers transferring from other forces, particularly detectives and firearms officers.

"Offering great staff benefits and career prospects, West Mercia Police has a strong family ethos. We pride ourselves on working closely together to get the job done, and you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one.

"West Mercia Police values diversity and recognises that people with a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives to policing. We are committed to fostering a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and encourage individuals from minority groups and communities to join us." 

The campaign aims to deliver on West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion's investment in an additional 100 posts to take the target for officer numbers to over 2000.

Commissioner John Campion said: "I promised to protect the visible and accessible policing which our communities want. Not only am I protecting the frontline, but I am delivering additional officers, to ensure West Mercia Police has the resilience to cope with changing demands.

"It is the people who make up policing, and I welcome the continued drive to recruit high quality candidates in a range of roles, who will deliver the quality of service our communities deserve."

Calista Crosfield is a police constable with West Mercia Police and features in the recruitment campaign. She said: "West Mercia Police is one of the largest in the UK, and having lived in the region for nearly two decades, I wanted to join my local service.

"It's true when people say that no two days are the same. You never know who you are going to meet or what you will encounter, and you have to be able to communicate well. There are so many different departments within the organisation, which provide opportunities to work in different locations, with different people, and which specialise in a particular area.

"I wanted to make a difference, and I have been fortunate to have served the communities in some of the most beautiful locations in Herefordshire and met people from all backgrounds."

To apply for any of these roles with West Mercia Police, search online for West Mercia Police jobs.