POLICE numbers in Warwickshire have bucked the national trend by showing among the highest percentage increases in the country.
In the 12 months to last September, 67 new police officers were recruited by Warwickshire Police, giving the force 855 officers – a rise of some 8.5 per cent.
The increase was bettered only by Warwickshire’s alliance partner West Mercia Police, which recorded an nine per cent increase – 171 new officers.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “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 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.”