One of the key elements of PCC John Campion’s role is to be the voice of the people and hold West Mercia Police to account. He is responsible for the totality of policing.
It is the PCC’s aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service making sure that the police force is answerable to the communities they serve. He does this by holding the chief constable and the force to account through the ‘holding to account’ process, which includes monthly sessions with the chief constable, Anthony Bangham.
The PCC’s ‘holding to account’ sessions takes place every month and the PCC sets a timetable for these for a 12 month period. The programme and themes chosen for the holding to account sessions are informed by the PCCs priorities in his Safer West Mercia Plan, or emerging issues (like Covid-19 enforcement) and longer term trends. These meetings present the PCC with the opportunity to monitor the performance of the force in various areas and, where there is a need for improvement, to make sure that the force has a coherent plan to implement these.
Once every six months in December and July these meetings are ‘public’ meetings. The meeting in December typically focuses on the budget, and the one in July will vary depending on the current policing priorities and themes. These public meetings present an opportunity for members of the public to submit questions for John Campion to put to the Chief Constable.
How does it work?
You can get involved by submitting a question and watching the livestream on the PCC’s Facebook page. Keep up-to-date with the details for public meetings by following the PCC’s social media pages or checking the local media.
You can get involved and ask a question in the following ways:
- Send us a comment or a private message on Facebook @WestMerciaPCC
- Email us at [email protected]
- Comment during the live broadcast.
You can watch previous meetings via the links below, which will take you to the Facebook stream.
Holding to Account
The Commissioner holds frequent ‘holding to account’ meetings with the Chief Constable. The minutes from these meetings are published and are available at this link.