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Plans to give the public a greater say over policing and increase accountability for Police and Crime Commissioners are being welcomed by West Mercia’s PCC.

The Government published its plans this morning for a two stage review. The first conducted since PCCs were introduced in 2012. The review aims to:

  • Give the public more information about how their Commissioner is performing
  • Raise the profile of PCCs
  • Make sure best practice is being shared by Commissioners
  • Review relationships between PCCs and Chief Constables
  • Strengthen accountability of fire and rescue services

West Mercia’s PCC John Campion said: “Anything that improves the safety of our communities is very welcome and this review very much falls within that. The Government is showing that it is listening to feedback and taking the right steps to further empower both Commissioners and the public. This should give both an even greater impact going forward in delivering effective, efficient policing and safer communities.”

“The PCC role has already shown its ability to respond to changing circumstances, take on major new responsibilities and as a result deliver better effectiveness and efficiency for the public. The opportunity to enhance that further represents good news for communities.”