PCC calls on local authorities for police scrutiny - The Redditch Standard

PCC calls on local authorities for police scrutiny

Redditch Editorial 9th Jul, 2024   0

THE FORCE’S police and crime commissioner (PCC) is giving town and parish council across the county a chance to shape policing over the next four years.

John Campion, West Mercia PCC has launched a seventh annual survey encouraging local authorities to feedback on local policing, share concerns and identify improvements needed.

A record number of councils, 182 in total, had their say last year with 73 per cent of them saying West Mercia Police is doing a fair, good, or excellent job. However, a majority wanted to see an improvement in police visibility.

To deliver on those calls, five high-visibility neighbourhood crime fighting units were launched in September 2023.

In the latest financial year, the PCC has committed to increasing already record numbers of police officers, as well as introducing ten dedicated town centre policing teams.

Police and crime commissioner John Campion said: “I believe it’s vitally important that organisations imbedded in their community, who have a deep understanding of local concerns, are listened to.

“That’s why I am calling on town and parish councils to complete my survey so I can ensure their views help shape the future of policing in West Mercia.

“It’s through valuable input from councils, residents, partners and the force, I will be able to create a police and crime plan that puts at its heart, the priorities of local communities across the three counties.”

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