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West Mercia Police support staff make the successful move to frontline policing

Three members of staff at West Mercia Police will be swapping maintaining police cars for driving them, as they have successfully made the move to become police officers with the force.

The employees - Luke Bowen-Jones, Mark Holtschke and Liam Smith - have successfully applied to become police constables as West Mercia Police continues its recruitment drive to increase the number of frontline officers across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Luke is currently a Business Support Administrator at the force's HQ at Hindlip in Worcestershire, looking after the fleet replacement programme and sourcing and purchasing new police vehicles, while Mark and Liam were previously Motor Vehicle Technicians, carrying out the maintenance and repair of the vehicles. All three will shortly be behind the wheel of the patrol cars themselves as officers, with Luke hoping to police North Worcestershire and Liam joining Mark in helping keep the streets and roads of Shrewsbury safe.

Luke said: "The West Mercia Police Business Support and Transport teams are great to work for and the role is very rewarding, but I want to get back into a role that engages with the public. I love my job working within the fleet, but it's just missing that public interaction I desire - and what a time to join as an officer, as the force is moving forwards recognising the requirement for more officers."

Liam said: "I have always wanted to be a police officer, but I couldn't apply when I left school due to the joining age being 18, so I ended up completing an apprenticeship in motor vehicles with a main dealer. I then saw a vacancy at the police workshops which I applied for and was successful. This then reignited my passion for wanting join as an officer.

"I would advise anyone who is looking to apply to be a police officer to do so! From the knowledge I have gained, from the application process to my interview, I have had the pleasure to meet police officers from different ranks and departments and I have gained inside knowledge into the life of a police officer. I am most looking forward to the challenges of dealing with and helping to prevent crime, meeting my fellow colleagues on my assigned shift and working together as a team."

If you would like to join Liam, Mark and Luke as a police officer with the force, search online for West Mercia Police jobs.