John Campion has been re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, which will see him continue his fight on reducing crime and keeping communities safe.
Mr Campion’s campaign focused on: increasing the number of police officers on the streets, and ensuring they are visible and accessible to communities; the fight on reducing crime and bringing criminals to justice; and spending the public’s money on efficient and effective policing.
Following the result, which was announced at the Sports Village in Shrewsbury, Mr Campion said: “I am incredibly proud and humbled to have the majority support of the communities of West Mercia in the first round. My promise is a simple one, to work hard to ensure our communities are safe and feel safe. I will back the police with the right resources to ensure they deliver on the things that matter most to the communities of West Mercia, and I will hold them account to make sure that this happens.”
“I am impatient to deliver on my priorities and there is lots to be done, so there is no doubt that I’m a man in a hurry to do what’s best for those who live and work in West Mercia.”
Mr Campion won with a total of 179,411votes. A total of 33.8% people turned out to vote.
The full results can be found on the Shropshire Council website.
Mr Campion will continue in office as the Police and Crime Commissioner, with his official swearing in taking place in the coming weeks.
Despite being re-elected, Mr Campion will have a number of issues to address – including producing a new Police and Crime Plan, which will set out strategic aims and priorities for his term in office (three years).
The PCC role includes holding the Chief Constable to account, providing a strong voice for the public, commissioning services for victims of crime, ensuring local priorities are joined up between partners, and determining the budget and precept. The PCC controls an annual budget of over £200m, and has overall ownership of many police assets – including estates.
Mr Campion served a term as the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner from 2016 to 2021 after being elected in 2016. Prior to this he was the leader of the Wyre Forest District Council, as well as being a Councillor for Worcestershire County Council and holding a number of positions within the Council.