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21st Oct, 2021

'It's an honour' - new West Mercia Police Chief Constable gets to know force's officers, staff and volunteers

WEST MERCIA Police’s new Chief Constable Pippa Mills took up her new role last Friday and immediately visited officers, staff and volunteers to see first-hand how the force was working with communities and partners to reduce crime and protect people from harm.

Pippa, the first female Chief Constable, previously served with Essex Police and the Met and has extensive experience leading major and critical incidents, specialist and local policing and transformational change.

In November last year she became the National Police Chiefs Council lead for Police Dogs.

Speaking on her first day, she said was delighted to have spent time with her colleagues and was looking forward to getting out and about across the force area over the coming weeks and months to meet many more teams.

“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the tenth Chief Constable of West Mercia Police.

“I am committed to delivering a quality policing service that is visible and accessible to all, working hard with our communities and partners to reduce and prevent crime and harm.

“I want our communities across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Herefordshire and Worcestershire to feel ownership of West Mercia Police, to know their local police and have genuine trust and confidence that we’ll be there when they need us.”

John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am proud to see Chief Constable Pippa Mills begin her tenure leading West Mercia Police into an exciting next chapter. “

He added she shared his commitment to deliver vital improvements in policing for our communities.

“I look forward to us working together to deliver my Safer West Mercia Plan to ensure our communities not only are safe but also feel safe.”

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