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West Mercia Police bucks national trend as criminal charges increase

Victims of crime are getting an improved service from West Mercia Police, with a 12% increase in criminal charges brought over the last three years.

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, and Chief Officers have welcomed the home office figures which show West Mercia Police is bucking the national trend of an overall decrease of 11%.

Earlier this month it was revealed that although crime in West Mercia is increasing, this is at just a third of a rate of the national levels with notable successes around robbery, burglary and vehicle crime.

Commissioner John Campion said “I made a commitment to always put victims first, ensuring they get the service they deserve. It is pleasing to see more offenders being brought to justice, and our communities should be reassured by the force’s commitment and professionalism. Whilst there are always areas that we can improve on, I promise to ensure West Mercia Police have the resources to continue this good work.”

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: “This is positive news which we welcome. We work extremely hard to protect our communities from harm and deliver justice for victims of crime. The rise in people charged is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our officers and staff.

“It is also testament to the confidence our communities have in the service we provide; they play a key role in helping us to gather intelligence and providing information that leads us to arresting suspects and ultimately putting them before the courts.”

Issued: Monday 21st May 2018

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