West Mercia Police
It is part of the Commissioner’s role to hold West Mercia Police’s Chief Constable to account ensuring the service the force is delivering is efficient, effective and meets the public’s needs.
PCC John Campion holds regular holding to account meetings with the Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and other Chief Officers.
Whilst the Commissioner does not make decisions around operational policing, it is his role to scrutinize the service to ensure communities have a service they can trust and be confident in.
West Mercia Police Structure
West Mercia Police cover 7,540km squared – an area nearly three times the size of Luxembourg. They cover five policing areas; Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, North Worcestershire and South Worcestershire.
The force has been in strategic alliance with Warwickshire Police, since 2012.
In a typical day the policing alliance deals with around 1,150 incidents (as broken down below). That’s over 420,000 a year. These incidents include all those associated with traditional policing, such as violent crimes, burglaries, missing people and serious road traffic accidents.
The Chief Constable Anthony Bangham is supported by Interim Deputy Chief Constable Geoff Wessell and Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans. For more information on the Chief Officers click here. The Chief Officers oversee a workforce of nearly 4,000 people made up of police officers and police staff, supported by more than 500 members of the Special Constabulary and volunteers.
The force is structured into the following departments.
Split into the five policing areas and deals with a multitude of areas including anti-social behaviour, community reassurance, community resolution, crime risk management, hate crime, licensing, local crime investigations, local CID investigations, offender management, problem-solving and harm reduction, response policing, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, schools liaison, supporting key events (such as football matches), volunteer management and youth inclusion.
Crime Management, Forensics Services, Intelligence, Major Investigations, Operations, Protecting Vulnerable People and Specialist Operations.
Includes all of the functions which provide business support to the policing alliance. This includes People Services, Legal Services, Performance, Corporate Communications, ICT, Business Support and Transport.
The Finance department is made up of accountancy, financial services, financial management, business change, contracts and procurement. These business functions provide support to the policing alliance.
For more information about West Mercia Police visit the website.