PCC John Campion has welcomed landmark reforms that have come into force to better protect the public.
Yesterday the Government announced a number of law changes as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022. The Act focuses on:
- An overhaul of sentencing laws to make streets safer
- Serious violent and sexual offenders to spend longer behind bars
- Measures to help cut crime and better protect the public
- Equipping police with the powers and tools they need to combat crime
PCC John Campion said: “I am pleased to see so many important measures come into force that are focused on better protecting victims and the public.
“A number of the measures align to the commitments I have made to the communities of West Mercia, specifically boosting protection for women and girls and supporting domestic abuse victims. I welcome the focus on roads, recognising the impact that careless and dangerous driving can have.
“I am also pleased to see that the Government is investing £477m to address the backlogs affecting our court system. This is a welcome move, as I have been raising concerns around victims that have been affected across West Mercia.
“I will ensure that officers within West Mercia have the tools they need to enact these powers and continue tackling crime.”
For more information about what the other measures are, visit the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-safety-boost-as-major-justice-reforms-come-into-force