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Focused on ensuring West Mercia Police is delivering for the public, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is holding an Assurance and Accountability session with Chief Constable Pippa Mills on Thursday 31 August.

The latest meeting on performance will see the Chief Constable answer questions from the PCC on the force’s performance and in particular its confidence strategy which, nearly a year after it was released, hasn’t achieved it’s 88% target.

With this fundamental target not being reached, this will be another opportunity for the PCC to support and challenge the Chief Constable on areas of performance such as the 101 non-emergency service and online reporting of crime, as well as reviewing the compliance of the victim’s code of practice.

The Chief Constable will also get the chance to explain how the force is delivering on the national priorities for policing, set by the Home Office, to make a significant reduction in crime impacting communities. These priorities include homicide, serious violence, drugs and county lines, neighbourhood crime, cybercrime and victim satisfaction.

The PCC will end the meeting by asking for a quarterly HMICFRS update on the progress being made around the national inspection of vetting, misconduct, and misogyny in West Mercia Police.

The Chief Constable will discuss the progress the force is making with the national recommendations made by HMICFRS into the effectiveness of vetting and counter corruption arrangements, as well as the progress made against the five national areas for improvement on this matter.

PCC John Campion said: “As your voice in policing, I am committed to ensuring you have confidence in West Mercia Police to deliver a level of service you would expect from your police force.

“This meeting is a chance for me to support and challenge the Chief Constable to ensure the force is making strides to bring up levels of confidence through their performance, as well as addressing other key areas within policing.”