PCC John Campion looks to build on first years achievements.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is reflecting on his achievements within his first year in the role, and looking forward to continuing to deliver for West Mercia’s communities.
In the first 12 months alone, the PCC has delivered on a number of his election promises, reforming West Mercia through the use of technology, working on behalf of communities to make them more secure, and commissioning a number of projects to ensure people are safe and feel safe.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “In the past year, I have hit the ground running to deliver on the promises that I made to our communities. I want a West Mercia that is safe, secure, reformed and provides victims of crime with the services and support they need.
In terms of reform, I’ve pushed for some major steps which are now being made to modernise West Mercia Police. These include the roll out of mobile technology, the introduction of body worn video and the ongoing work to create a brand new Operations, Communications Centre to be shared with Hereford and Worcester Fire Service.
We already have strong foundations to build on, but these key changes will further improve the service our police force can provide, whilst allowing officers to be more visible in our communities.
This year, West Mercia Police has made good progress to the way in which it serves our communities, working efficiently to deal with demand. This was acknowledged within the HMIC inspections and, as I promised, a number of improvements have been made. I will continue to build on this and serve our communities.
I promised that I would represent the hopes, aspirations and values of the public, and this has been a focus throughout my first year as commissioner. I’ve provided funding to address a number of specific community concerns- covering everything from speeding to street drinking. I’ve also helped and supported people all across our communities, including some of the most vulnerable sections of society, through my grants scheme.
Putting victims and witnesses first is integral to everything I do so shortly after starting the role, I launched my victim’s charter. I have provided funding to a number of victim’s support services, and will continue to support force campaigns, such as those around hate crime, cyber crime and child sexual exploitation which are focused ensuring victims are provided with the support to cope and recover.
Through the regional cyber survey, and other ongoing engagements and consultations with the public I’ve been able to understand the public’s wants and needs in order to tailor services accordingly
I’ve been able to focus on a number of important emerging priorities such as Child Sexual Exploitation and the growing demand of cyber crime. Through a close working relationship with the Chief Constable, I’ve been able to ensure that all is being done to protect vulnerable people.
By holding the Chief Constable to account I’ve ensured that a number of improvements have been made to the 999 and 101 services, meaning that the public get the help that they need, when they need it.
I want our communities to get the best deal for their money, which is why I made the decision to freeze the council tax precept. I have also been calling, and will continue to call for fairer funding for our rural communities, ensuring all of the public get the level of service they deserve.
It has been a year of change, I recruited a new Chief Constable and leadership team who will continue to work hard to serve our communities, as well as a Deputy Commissioner and Community Ambassadors who help me to engage across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford.
In the coming year, I will look to build on what we have already achieved, to deliver the most efficient and effective services which our communities deserve. We will explore options to make West Mercia safer through partnership working, the use of technology and commissioning grants. I will continue to ensure our communities are safe, secure and reassured.”