Safer West Mercia
I promised to create a safer West Mercia and my plan sets out how I will deliver on that promise.
The plan I have produced is true to the vision I put forward before my election. It also reflects the messages, hopes, concerns and priorities I have picked up from a wide range of consultations and engagements before and since my election.
Taking a good service and making it great represents a big challenge. It will need attention to detail, understanding, the right resources, and a determination to succeed. This is the challenge I have set for myself in creating a safer West Mercia.
This challenge means giving our officers the tools, skills and processes to do their work more effectively and more efficiently. It also means establishing West Mercia as a modern, dynamic, innovative police force whilst retaining the traditional fundamentals of good policing. The force must sustain and extend its connections and relationships with local communities by improving engagement, visibility and accessibility. Put together, the aim is to create a police force that is known and respected both nationally and locally for it’s outstanding performance.
For our communities, it will mean empowering people to play a more active role in identifying and tackling local issues. Active citizenship can and should have a major part in creating communities which are safer, stronger and more united. I want to ensure people have the opportunities and tools to make more positive contributions to their own communities, with appropriate backing from the police or other partners as required. I also want to provide a better service for victims of crime. Where people do fall victim, I will ensure they consistently get the support they need to cope, recover and prevent re-victimisation.
For partner agencies, it will mean working closer together to achieve the best possible value and results for the public. We will need to be reactive and adaptive together as society, culture and technology evolve over time to ensure we continue to deliver the priorities and issues that the public needs.
There are four key components to my plan:
Click the links above left to learn more about them.
None of this will be easy but I will work tirelessly to make it a reality.
Together we can build a safer West Mercia.