BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has met with the new Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Pippa Mills, to discuss local policing in the district and across West Mercia.
The meeting took place at Bromsgrove Police Station, where they were also joined by the Deputy Chief Constable, Julian Moss.
Topics of discussions ranged from police recruitment and visibility, to the plans and support in place for specific communities in the area.
By the end of September there had been an increase of 165 officers at West Mercia Police since the national recruitment programme began two years ago, with an additional 56 officers joining in October 2021.
Prior to the election, the Conservatives had come under fire after 21,500 officers were cut from forces across the UK between 2010 and 2018.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson had sought to address that as part of his 2019 general election campaign, pledging an extra 20,000 officers.
Mr Javid said: “It was great to meet with the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police to discuss local issues and how we can work together to support residents going forward.
“We had a productive discussion about the priorities for the local area, including on how we can maximise the uplift in the number of officers joining the force.
“Making sure Bromsgrove District is a safe and secure place to live, work and raise a family is a priority and I know the Chief Constable shares my commitment on this.”
Ms Mills said: “I was really pleased to meet with Sajid Javid as the local MP for Bromsgrove.
“I was able to outline my vision for West Mercia Police in providing quality policing services and protecting people from harm and we discussed our shared commitment to working with the communities in Bromsgrove to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.”