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The Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a national policing report, which is reflective of his aims to build safer communities locally.

Today, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), released the State of Policing assessment. West Mercia Police had improved from the previous year’s report, and was assessed as ‘good’ in all three areas; efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy.

Nationally the report shows that the vast majority of frontline police officers and staff continue to do a difficult job well, but there are some areas to build upon, as police forces understand, predict and respond to emerging demand. Technology was highlighted as a particular area for improvement and reform.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “This report is testament to our police officers and staff, who work with integrity, professionalism and bravery to keep our communities safe.

I promised that West Mercia Police would improve in terms of effectiveness, and this is something I am proud to have delivered on. This is a good start, and we have strong foundations, but there is more to be done and we must to continue to drive improvements.

The recommendations outlined in the report nationally, echo my vision for a secure, reformed and reassured West Mercia, locally. I will ensure we catch up and keep up with technology so our officers and staff have the tools to work efficiently and effectively. I will also hold the Chief Constable to account to ensure the force is not only capable of responding to current demands, but able to provide a high level of service to our communities in the future.”

To read the full report click here

Issued: Thursday 20th April 2017