AN EXTRA 27 police officers will be employed to protect vulnerable people in the area.
A total of £2.6million has been approved by the Police and Crime Commissioner to make sure children are safeguarded from sexual exploitation.
Bill Longmore said he released the additional funding so West Mercia Police could ‘remain vigilant’ and increase their resources.
The move came as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on March 18, where charities and agencies across the UK joined together to highlight the issue.
“The sexual exploitation of children is an horrific crime, which has been highlighted by some particularly awful cases across the UK in recent years,” he added.
“Those cases only reinforce this is a crime that knows no boundaries, and affects all sections of society.
“While there is no specific intelligence to suggest it’s happening in West Mercia, it would equally be impossible and naive to definitively say it isn’t.”
“I want to ensure everything possible is being done to keep children safe and that’s why I gave the force some extra money to help do that, and why, for example, we are doing more work in schools on the subject.
“We need everyone to remain vigilant, and report anything suspicious to the police.”