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Public Engagement

This is a statutory part of the PCC’s role, and performance in this area is continually monitored.

Public meetings

It is the role of the PCC to be the voice for the people of West Mercia, representing their views about how crime and disorder is prevented and its consequences are tackled.

The PCC holds several one to one question and answer sessions across the force area.

Other face to face surgeries are held as part of wider campaigns, including the Road Focus campaign.

Several Formal Holding to Account Meetings with the Chief Constable have been broadcast live on Facebook. You can watch the meetings in full and find out how you can get involved in the future.


Below is a comprehensive list of all the consultations and the outcomes since 2016:

Safer West Mercia Plan- Open until 1st November 2021

This public consultation is being held to help shape the draft Safer West Mercia Plan. You can read the draft plan and add your views via the survey.

West Mercia PCC Victim and Witness Strategy (23rd February 2021 – 20th March 2021)

The Victim and Witness Strategy sets out the PCCs vision for improving outcomes for victims and witnesses. The consultation closed on 20th March.

You can download or read a copy of the draft strategy here.

Budget Consultation (23rd December 2020 – 20th January 2021)

This public consultation, which enabled people to comment on the PCC’s budget proposals, has now closed. The PCC’s proposals were discussed and supported at the Police and Crime Panel meeting on 4th February.

The final budget report can be found here.

Your Voice: What Matters to You ?(5th October 2020 – 2nd November 2020)

Ahead of setting the budget and with the Covid pandemic placing an impact on the economy, and wider public finances, this survey asked people about their priorities, what it’s like in their community from a policing perspective, and in which areas of policing would they choose to spend more or less money.

A summary report can be found here.

Road Safety Strategy (21st February 2020 – 20th March 2020)

The Road Safety Strategy sets out the PCC’s vision for reducing harm on the roads of West Mercia. The consultation enabled people to comment on the proposals.

You can read the final strategy here.

Budget Consultation (6th January 2020- 24th January 2020)

This public consultation was to enable people to comment on the PCC’s budget proposals.

Precept consultation 2020/21 summary report

Rural Crime Strategy Consultation (10th October 2019- 8th November 2019)

A consultation was held on this strategy, which 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.

You can read the final strategy and summary report here.

Serious Organised Crime Strategy Consultation ( 9th July 2019- 15th August 2019)

This consultation related to how, the PCC will deliver on his responsibilities in a policing and crime context, outlining how he will continue to actively work with local and national partners to embed a single whole-system approach to tackling Serious Organised Crime within West Mercia. You can read the final strategy and summary report here.

Drugs Strategy Consultation (7th March 2019 – 24th March 2019)

This consultation related to the PCC proposals to fulfil his duties and work with others to effectively tackle drug abuse in West Mercia. This shaped the final drugs strategy.

Budget Consultation (17th December 2018- 20th January 2019)

This public consultation was to enable people to comment on the PCC’s proposal to increase officer numbers, and to increase the council tax precept.

Precept consultation 2019/20 summary report

Budget Consultation (20th December 2017- 19th January 2018)

This public consultation was held to enable people to comment on the PCC’s proposal to increase the council tax precept.

Precept consultation 2018/19 summary report

West Mercia Fire Governance Consultation

It has been announced that the Home Office has approved the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposals to bring together the governance for fire and police services within West Mercia.

The Commissioner believes that by changing governance arrangements for our local fire services in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin we can deliver more effective, efficient services to our communities.

Prior to the Home Office approving the Commissioner’s proposals, a three-month public consultation was carried out (running from 12 June 2017 to 11 September 2017). More than 1,300 responses were received, of which 60.7% were in favour of single governance. Along with the consultation results, a business case, which outlined that the changes could significantly improve local police and fire services and save the taxpayer £4m a year, without impacting frontline services, was submitted to the Home Office for consideration.

The change to single police and fire governance requires a statutory instrument to be laid in Parliament. The precise timings of this are a matter for Government. After this, the first stage involves transferring the governance over to the Commissioner’s office, the second stage involves working closely with the two Chief Fire Officers and creating a plan for the future model and the final stage involves the implementation.

All documents relating to this process can be found below:

Fire Governance Consultation ( 12 June- 11 September 2017)

This public consultation was held to enable people to comment on the PCC’s proposal to take on the roles of our two local Fire Authorities.

Consultation results, analysis and the PCC’s responses

Budget Consultation (9 – 23 January 2017)

This public consultation was held to enable people to comment on the PCC’s proposal to freeze the policing precept.

Precept consultation 2017/18 summary report

Safer West Mercia Plan Consultation (1 August- 16 September 2016)

This public consultation was held to shape the draft Safer West Mercia Plan. Associated documents:

Have your say on making your community safer (3- 17 June 2016)

There were two versions of this survey, one for public and one for personnel with West Mercia Police. Both sought opinions on policing priorities to help inform the Safer West Mercia Plan. The Consultation is now closed but you can read a summary of the consultation results here:

Summary report on public survey

Summary report on police personnel survey

PCC Commitment to Victims (May to July 2016)

This consultation is now closed. The responses were used to form the Victim’s Charter.

Domestic Abuse Strategy

As Commissioner, I am committed to reducing harm and protecting the most vulnerable people, which includes putting victims and survivors first. Domestic abuse is just one of the biggest crimes affecting society day in, day out. The Domestic Abuse Strategy has four key themes:

  • Preventing violence and abuse
  • Provision of services
  • Partnership working
  • Pursuing perpetrators