In 2012 Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police formed a ground-breaking alliance, sharing resources, expertise and skills. The alliance covers one of the largest policing areas in the country, serving communities around one and three quarter million people in over 3,500 square miles - over half a million citizens in Warwickshire and 1.2 million in West Mercia.
Serving four counties - Herefordshire, Shropshire (including Telford and Wrekin),Warwickshire and Worcestershire - much of the area is rural but the alliance also polices a number of sizeable conurbations: Hereford, Kidderminster,Leamington, Nuneaton, Shrewsbury, Telford, Redditch, Rugby and Worcester. Policing is highly tailored to each community and the alliance responds to issues that affect deprived urban areas as well as rural communities.
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police employ over 5,500 officers and staff. Just over 2,000 of these officers are based in West Mercia, supported by at least 200 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Approximately 850 officers are based in Warwickshire, alongside 100 PCSOs. Volunteer Special Constables also make a valued contribution to front line policing, with around 320 Special Constables in West Mercia and 180 in Warwickshire. A total of around 2,200 Police Staff and 150 Police Support Volunteers assist the organisation in protecting people from harm across the two forces.
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