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West Mercia Police is a territorial police force that polices Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, all counties of England. It used to be known as the West Mercia Constabulary. Its name comes from the area it polices formerly being the western part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

It was formed on 1 October 1967. It was created when the Worcestershire Constabulary, the Herefordshire Constabulary, the Shropshire Constabulary and the Worcester City Police all merged together.

It is the fourth largest police force in England and Wales.

The force has around 2,000 police officers, 200 police community support officers, 1500 police staff and 400 members of the special constabulary.

Their headquarters is at Hindlip Hall on the outskirts of the city of Worcester.

In 2009, it changed its name from the "West Mercia Constabulary" to "West Mercia Police".


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