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Commissioner John Campion is ensuring that rural issues are heard, and communities feel less isolated.

A third of West Mercia’s population lives in a rural area (double that of England population) rising to 50% in Herefordshire and Shropshire.

The Commissioners new strategy, launching this week to coincide with NPCC (the National Police Chief’s Councils) Wildlife and Rural Crime Week of Action outlines how the commissioner will:

  • Improve confidence that rural communities have in the police.
  • Ensure the financial resources he has committed to rural crime, provide a dedicated team within each policing area.
  • Ensure victims of crime in rural areas receive the support they need, and are not disadvantaged by their location.

Commissioner John Campion said “Rural crime can have a significant cost, in a way that is more than just financial. It brings increased stress and pressure which impacts on mental health, leading people to feel more isolated. I am committed to ensuring communities have the same efficient and effective service regardless of where they are.”

The Commissioner’s strategy is out for consultation until Friday 8th November. Partners and local communities are invited to read it in full and send feedback here. 

Issued: Thursday 10th October 2019