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Anti-social behaviour, road safety and visibility and accessibility of police officers came out on top as concerns for communities across West Mercia in the latest PCC public survey.

As part of PCC John Campion’s ongoing commitment to take feedback from communities and use it to shape his decision making, he wanted to seek views well in advance of setting next year’s budget.

The survey, which ran for three months, aimed to understand what the community concerns are and whether or not they’re happy with the visibility and accessibility of West Mercia police officers.

In total there were 1,407 responses to the survey. The majority of respondents said that anti-social behaviour (61%), road safety (43%) and drugs (36%) were their top three concerns.

62% of respondents said they had experience of West Mercia Police with a majority (44%) saying that experience was positive.

PCC John Campion said: “Thank you to residents and businesses in West Mercia who had their say. As PCC, I committed to ensure that the views of communities across West Mercia are heard and sit at the heart of my decision making.

“This valuable insight into the views of residents in West Mercia, has highlighted where the areas of concern are. I will be taking the time to understand why people’s experience with the police isn’t where I would want to see it. As part of my budget process, I have written to the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police with the survey results so the force can understand where improvements need to be made. This feedback will also help me prioritise where I focus funding in next year’s police budget to help build a safer West Mercia.”