MID WORCESTERSHIRE MP Nigel Huddleston was given a first-hand insight into the challenges facing frontline police officers when he went on patrol around Droitwich Spa, writes Eve Watson.
The MP spent the afternoon with Safer Neighbourhood Team Sgt Sarah Kent and PC Richard Rees to learn about their roles and how they keep residents safe.
Members of Parliament across England and Wales have been invited by their local police forces to experience a day of policing during the summer recess.
Mr Huddleston said: “I want to thank Sarah and Richard for taking the time to give me a brief glimpse of the kind of work they do to serve the community, and for everybody at West Mercia Police who works tirelessly to keep us safe.”
He added it was a very informative and insightful afternoon and was very timely after the Government announced 20,000 additional police officers were to be recruited over the next three years.
“I hope a number of those new recruits will be joining West Mercia Police to support them in their work, becoming part of our dedicated and highly professional Police force in Worcestershire,” he added.
Sgt Kent said: “We chatted about how the Safer Neighbourhood Team operates and took him to a few of the areas on the patch where we have the most issues.
“He was really interested and was very receptive to finding out about everything – from how we police the area to tackling long-term problems.”