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More than three quarters of residents who completed the latest perceptions survey believe West Mercia Police is dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour – an 8% rise over the past year.

In Herefordshire, 85% of respondents to the survey ran by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, said they do not think crime and anti-social behaviour are problems in their local area.

To continue building on this progress, West Mercia Police launched first-of-a-kind Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Teams, thanks to funding from PCC John Campion.

By the end of September, Herefordshire’s team will be working in the heart of the community tackling high-impact issues like anti-social behaviour.

Confidence remains high in Herefordshire with 8 out of 10 (80%) residents and victims of crime surveyed having confidence in West Mercia Police.

Other key findings from the Herefordshire survey include:

  • 87% of people are confident they could access the police in an emergency.
  • 71% believe West Mercia Police understands issues in their community.
  • 59% feel the police were doing either an excellent or good job, rising by 5% since the last perceptions survey across West Mercia.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I welcome the latest figures that show the majority of residents in Herefordshire, the highest across West Mercia, feel crime and anti-social behaviour are not problems in their area.

“It’s important this progress continues following record levels of funding into frontline policing. I have taken action delivering on calls for more police officer numbers with numbers now at their highest in West Mercia’s history, along with the launch of Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Teams, it’s vital all communities feel the benefits of my investment.”