By Connie Osborne Friday 04 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 00:18
POLICING in Bromsgrove and Droitwich will be overhauled in a bid to save more than £30million.
As part of its ongoing alliance with Warwickshire Police, West Mercia will work more closely with the neighbouring force to achieve the savings required by Government before 2015.
The two have been working together since 2011, although chiefs have denied they are set to completely merge the forces, despite Ken MacKaill, West Mercia Police Federation chairman, publicly saying this week a merger was ‘inevitable’.
A total of 661 jobs will be lost from across the whole area during the changes, including 227 police officers, and seven new policing areas will be introduced in Redditch compared to the current ten.
Under the new way of working, the regions will be served by 82 safer neighbourhood teams (SNTs) in West Mercia, which will include police officers, police community support officers and special constables.
Each will be managed by a sergeant and include one constable and two PCSOs, while those in areas of high demand will have two police officers and two extra PCSOs, with some being based in schools.
The district will have teams in Bromsgrove North and Rural, Bromsgrove South and Rural, Bromsgrove St John’s, Hagley and Rubery and Alvechurch and Wythall.
Response officers will also operate from 14 patrol bases with Redditch being the closest to Bromsgrove.
The new blue light centre in School Drive will be the main Safer Neighbourhood Team base for Bromsgrove and there will be one for Rubery.
Twitter pages would also be updated by patrolling officers which would show their activity as well as advertising community engagement meetings.
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