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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a message from the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid as he promised to stand with officers on the frontline, and give officers the tools, powers and back up they need to get the job done.

Speaking at the Police Federation conference today, the Home Secretary drew on personal experience, talking about the impact the job can have on family life and the times his brother was assaulted. He acknowledged that police work can take its toll on mental and physical health and said that officers “deserve to be respected and valued”

He talked about his own experiences, in the West Mercia area, recognising the work of officers locally, and made a commitment to working with PCCs to ensure police are properly resourced.

Commissioner John Campion, who was at the Police Federation Conference said “The Home Secretary’s commitment to frontline policing, echoes my own commitment to communities locally.

Assaults on police officers aren’t acceptable and I am pleased that Sajid Javid has highlighted this. In West Mercia alone, there are on average two assaults on officers and staff every day. I have been campaigning for people to see the person Behind the Badge, and it’s important that the police are respected for their hard work, professionalism and all they do for communities.

I am pleased to hear West Mercia officers being recognised. I have seen first hand how our police do an extraordinary role, and I agree with the Home Secretary that we must protect and be proud of the police.

I look forward to working with the Home Secretary in the future, to deliver safer, more secure communities for the public and the police.”

Issued: Wednesday 23rd May 2018