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80% of residents in Shropshire have confidence in the police, according to the latest results from Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s quarterly perception survey.

Standing at 81% in Telford & Wrekin, and 82% across West Mercia, confidence levels have remained stable across the three counties.

Committed to ensuring the force builds on this foundation and meets its 88% target, the PCC continues to use the powers available to him to support and challenge the Chief Constable whilst providing significant resources.

Satisfaction in the levels of policing of policing have remained the same in Shropshire (63%) and Telford & Wrekin (64%).

A priority for the PCC during his third term is ensuring the benefit of record levels of police officers is felt and seen in West Mercia.

Other findings include –

  • 70% of Shropshire residents feel West Mercia Police understands issues in their community – falling by 1% from the last survey.

In Telford & Wrekin the figure is 68%, remaining the same from the last survey and still the lowest across West Mercia.

  • 78% of residents in Shropshire feel crime and anti-social behaviour are not a problem in their local area – the second highest in West Mercia.
  • 81% in Shropshire and 80% in Telford & Wrekin are confident they would receive a good service from the police.

PCC John Campion said: “It’s important to me as the voice of the public in policing, that all communities in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have confidence in the force that protects and serves them.

“Whilst the majority do have confidence in West Mercia and levels have remained stable over the past twelve months, I believe it can and should increase further.

“As your voice in policing, I will continue to support and challenge the Chief Constable through regular performance meetings to ensure the public’s priorities are at the heart of change.”

Head of local policing, Chief Superintendent Edd Williams, said: “Public confidence in policing is vitally important and we are pleased that across the three counties we cover confidence levels remain high.

“Local policing teams carry out fantastic work to keep our communities safe, working with teams and departments across the force to deliver an excellent service and protect people from harm.

“We look forward to continuing to work with local communities to increase confidence and satisfaction levels as well as keeping people informed and sharing the good work on-going in their area.”

Read the Quarter 4 results in full