THERE are now an additional ten officers at Droitwich Police Station.
The increase comes as West Mercia Police takes on its biggest recruitment drive that will continue into next year.
The new patrol officers will work alongside the Safer Neighbourhood Team already based at the station to enhance the service the force provides to the community.
Sgt Sarah Kent said: “The response officers will be additional posts for our station.
“Over the coming weeks they will be out meeting the community in the same way my team has that knowledge.
“It should offer an effective joined-up approach across the town which will enable us to tackle more issues which affect people’s quality of life.”
South Worcestershire local commander Superintendent Damian Pettit said: “Community policing is important to us, and we are aware that the visibility of officers on the street may have been a concern for local residents.
“The increase in officers will serve to enhance the level of service we provide and reassure the community of Droitwich that we are here to protect people from being a victim of crime, and to pursue those responsible when crime does occur.
“In the forthcoming weeks and months we will be increasing the number of officers in towns throughout South Worcestershire, with Droitwich being the first area to benefit from the increase in officers.
“Recently, a large numbers of student officers have commenced their initial training.
“Many of our students have completed their training and joined our established patrol teams.
“I know members of the community will start to see the difference, with increased visibility of officers throughout the area and in turn, I hope reassured that we are continue to deliver the best possible service to our communities.”
With record numbers of new student officers and officers transferring to West Mercia from other police forces, over the coming months towns throughout Worcestershire are set to see an increase in the number of officers based there.
West Mercia Police Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham has pledged to increase officer numbers across the force and has worked with the Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion to secure funding for this uplift in numbers.