8th Mar, 2021

Thumbs up for police but lack of visibility still a concern for PCC

LOCAL residents have confidence in West Mercia Police, and are confident they would receive a good service from them, according to a recent survey.

The finds come as part of Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s commitment to listening and acting on the concerns raised by the communities in north Worcestershire.

Thousands of people across the entire West Mercia area were interviewed over a 12 month period which highlighted the following results for North Worcestershire:

· 84 per cent tended to agree or strongly agreed they had confidence in West Mercia Police – up two per cent from last quarter

· 82 per cent are fairly or very confident they would receive a good service – up one per cent from last quarter

· 72 per cent said they felt West Mercia Police understands issues in their community – up one per cent from last quarter

· 31 per cent said crime and anti-social behaviour was a big or very big issue – down one per cent from last quarter

· 31 per cent said they see a police officer or PCSO at least weekly – no change

PCC Campion said: “The quarterly survey gives me an invaluable insight into what is working well and where improvements need to be made.

“However, police officer visibility remains something I am committed to improving for our communities.

“Along with support from the government, I have increased the number of police officers across the whole of West Mercia.

“Further investment has also allowed resources to be targeted toward key areas of concern for residents.”

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