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John Campion has sought reassurance from West Mercia’s Chief Constable that police services are being delivered to consistently high standards, right across the force area.

At their recent holding to account meeting the Police and Crime Commissioner raised some of the issues that matter most to West Mercia’s communities with Chief Constable Anthony Bangham. The meeting focussed on ensuring high levels of public confidence across one of the biggest policing areas in the country and improved outcomes for victims of crime.

The PCC has a duty to hold the Chief Constable to account and ensure voices from the community are represented in policing. At the meeting, the PCC raised whether recent uplifts in officer numbers are returning the service improvements communities need and expect. The Chief Constable provided reassurance that the force was taking steps to ensure high levels of confidence across all our communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “We have high levels of public confidence in our force but there are differences across different areas. I want to make sure the force is taking the right action, so people can have equally high levels of confidence no matter where they live. Services for victims and survivors of crime must be consistent across a vast policing area with different needs and challenges in each community.”

“It’s vital that the money given by the public towards their police force is returning the best possible service. Our police officers, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to deliver that. Effective holding to account helps give them the structures, resources and support they need to keep all of us safe. I am reassured and encouraged that the recent uplifts in officer numbers are enabling the police to get more crimes through the Criminal Justice System.”