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Increased police officer numbers in Warwickshire buck the national trend

Wellesbourne Airfield
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Welcoming the local figures, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said:

“Protecting frontline policing has been a key priority for me and I have said from day one of taking office that I would not consider any further reductions in police officer numbers. These figures show that, not only have I been able to keep that pledge, I have in fact been able to deliver among the largest increases of officers seen across the whole of England and Wales.

“At the beginning of 2015, the force looked to be facing further substantial financial cuts and with the major part of the budget used to cover salaries, it was inevitable that there would have had to be some stark decisions around future officer numbers in order to meet the savings targets that we were then anticipating. Thankfully, with a much more favourable settlement from the Chancellor in the autumn, that picture has fundamentally changed and the progress we have made in the last 12 months can be maintained.

“When I took office I inherited a strong platform from the previous Police Authority. I’m delighted that these figures prove that I will be leaving an even stronger base for the next Police and Crime Commissioner to work from.

“It’s also excellent news that the force with the single largest percentage increase in the country is our Alliance partner West Mercia. With the close working arrangements and shared services we both enjoy, what is good for West Mercia is also good news for the people of Warwickshire.”

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