The PCC’s role
The police and crime commissioner, John Campion, works for and with local communities to build a safer West Mercia. It is his role to scrutinise the service you, as a member of a local community, get from your police force. He ensures your needs are met and you have a service you can trust and be confident in.
By holding West Mercia’s Chief Constable to account, John Campion ensures you receive an effective, efficient police service. His role gives you and your community a voice at the highest level, ensuring your priorities are understood and acted on.
- Produces a Safer West Mercia plan which outlines the priorities for next four years
- Determines the Police Precept each year – the police’s share of council tax contributions. This is always done in consultation with local communities
- Is responsible for West Mercia Police’s budget of more than £200million each year. He ensures the force is using this effectively, achieving the best possible value for money
- Is responsible for hiring or if necessary firing, West Mercia Police’s Chief Constable
- Engages with local communities. This includes attending local events and community meetings, consultations across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford to get the views from the public, as well as engaging online and through social media and via his Deputy and Community Ambassadors. See the events calendar on our home page.
- Has a number of national responsibilities as well as local ones. He ensures the police can protect the public from cross-border threats like terrorism and organised crime
- Provides £2m a year in grants, which go back into community initiatives in West Mercia which help reduce crime and disorder
- Is responsible for making sure appropriate services are available for victims of crime. View Johns’s Victims Charter
John Campion’s provides a role that is much broader than the previous Police Authority model and about much more than just policing. He works with hundreds of partners involved with criminal justice, health and community safety, and has a responsibility to make sure local priorities are joined up, and services work together for the best results.
He works to cut and prevent crime by working with the police and hundreds of local and national partners, all related to building safer, stronger and healthier communities. These include councils, charities, sports clubs, schools, prisons and health services.
Despite this much wider remit, his role and office costs each year are £200,000 less than the previous Police Authority.
It is worth noting that John Campion is not a police officer, in charge of the police or responsible for operational policing. He does not tell the police how to do their job or make decisions around investigations.
To ensure John Campion is doing his role effectively he is held to account by a Police and Crime Panel, made up of representatives from across West Mercia.
For more on the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner visit the Home Office Website