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West Mercia residents have said they have confidence in West Mercia Police, according to a recent survey.

As part of Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s commitment to listening and acting on the concerns raised by the communities in West Mercia, a survey is carried out to help inform the PCC about which elements of the force are doing well and where there are areas for improvement.

Thousands of people across the force area were interviewed over a 12 month period which highlighted the following results:

  • 85% tended to agree or strongly agreed they have confidence with West Mercia Police – up 1% on last quarter
  • 72% tended to agree or strongly agreed that West Mercia Police understands issues in their community – up 2% on last quarter
  • 72% said crime and anti-social behaviour was not a very big, or quite a big problem in their area – up 2% on last quarter
  • 32% said they see an officer or PCSO at least once per week – up 1% on last quarter

PCC John Campion said: “This quarterly survey gives me an invaluable insight into what communities think about crime and policing in their area. I am committed to making sure that residents are represented at the highest level of policing.

“However, police officer visibility remains something I am committed to improving for our communities. Along with support from the Government, I have increased the number of police officers across the whole of West Mercia. Further investment has also allowed resources to be targeted toward key areas of concern for residents.

“I will continue to use the data from this survey to make the necessary improvements across the force area, and to ensure West Mercia Police have the right resources in place to tackle the issues important to our communities.”

Issued on: Tuesday 10th November 2020