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PCC John Campion has welcomed Justice Secretary Dominic Raab’s announcement this morning of police reforms to give new rights to victims of crime.

The purpose of the bill is to improve end-to-end support for victims of crime so they get the support needed to cope and recover from the impact of crime, and feel able to engage and remain engaged in the criminal justice system.

PCC John Campion said: “I am delighted to hear that this bill will reinforce my commitment to one of the key priorities in my Safer West Mercia Plan, which puts victims and survivors first.

“Since I came into post in 2016, my priorities have been strongly influenced by feedback from the public, who have asked for improvements to victim services. I have been steering an ongoing process of reform that is making it easier for people here in West Mercia to access victims’ services, and make them more navigable to people who need them most. 

“People have asked for better services for victims as they experience the criminal justice system, effective early interventions to protect vulnerable people and support services that will give victims more confidence to report crime which may previously have gone underreported. The measures outlined in the bill will support me as I continually strive to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system here in West Mercia.”