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Residents attending an online budget meeting stated that police visibility was a top priority for their communities, and asked for assurances that West Mercia Police were providing value for money.

Residents from across West Mercia joined the Facebook live stream on Monday 11th January 2021, to hear about how the police budget is spent and put their questions to the West Mercia Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion. PCC

John Campion said, “Our police service is funded by the taxpayer. I want to ensure that there is a continued focus on delivering the services that are important to our communities, and ensuring that they receive value-for-money.”

The meeting was held during the 2020/21 budget consultation period, which runs until Wednesday 20th January 2021; resident’s views will help to inform the budget setting process.

PCC John Campion added, “It’s important that the views of our communities are heard and taken into account as part of the budget setting process. This meeting presented a great opportunity for communities to understand more about how the policing budget is prioritised, and how this affects community safety, as well as a chance to voice their priorities for next years’ budget.”

Take part in the consultation here.

The public meeting can be viewed on the PCC’s YouTube channel here.

Published Tuesday 12th January 2021