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The next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections will take place across England and Wales on Thursday 6th May 2021.

This page is intended to act as a central hub, collating and signposting towards a wide range of information which may be of interest to PCC candidates, media outlets, other partner organisations and the wider community in advance of the election.

The election in West Mercia is formally administered by Shropshire Council, who will publish information both before and after the poll, including confirmed lists of declared candidates and the eventual election results. More information can be found here.

Information on all confirmed candidates standing for election in each policing area can be found via the Choose My PCC website.

The Office of the PCC in West Mercia will be following guidelines as set out by the Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives (APACE) before the election to ensure transparency, fairness and impartiality.

The PCC role:

PCCs were created in 2012 as replacements for the previous Police Authorities. Amongst other functions, the PCC role includes:

  • Ensuring public views are heard within policing
  • Holding the Chief Constable to account
  • Ensuring appropriate services are in place for victims of crime
  • Setting the local police budget and determining levels of council tax

More information on the role of the PCC is available from the following:

Gov.uk – Police and Crime Commissioners

Association of PCCs – Role of the PCC

The Association of PCCs has also published a guide to the role for prospective PCC candidates, which is available here.

The Office of the PCC in West Mercia:

Key information relating to the work of the Office of the PCC in West Mercia is routinely published on this website and can be found in the various sections set out above. Direct links to a selection of key publications and areas of work are also below:

Current police and crime plan (2016-2021)

Budget and medium term financial plan

Holding to account – minutes from previous meetings

West Mercia Police – quarterly performance reports

HMICFRS reports and PCC responses

The policing Alliance with Warwickshire

Information on the PCC’s office structure

Public confidence and perceptions survey

Fire governance

Freedom of Information disclosure logs:

Click here to view the current 2019 disclosure log

Click here to view the 2018 disclosure log

Click here to view the 2017 disclosure log

Click here to view 2016 disclosure log

Click here to view the 2015 disclosure log

Click here to view the 2014 disclosure log

PCC grants:

PCC Funding and Grants – Current Projects

PCC Grants – Current Schemes

Records of PCC decisions:

Click here to view decisions made during 2019

Click here to view decisions made during 2018

Click here to view decisions made during 2017

Click here to view decisions made during 2016

Information from external sources:

Office for National Statistics – crime in England & Wales

Police statistics from Gov.uk

West Mercia Police and Crime Panel – previous/ upcoming meetings and papers

West Mercia Police (including statistics on use of force)

National Police Chiefs Council

Victim Advice Line

Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

The Police Federation

HMICFRS

Police Superintendents’ Association

College of Policing

Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives (APACE)

Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers’ Society

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Home Office

Ministry of Justice

Police.uk

Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company

Independent Custody Visitor Association (Candidate Briefing)

About West Mercia Police

West Mercia is the fourth largest geographic police area in England and Wales

Our geography

Our communities cover three counties, Herefordshire, Shropshire (which includes Telford and Wrekin) and Worcestershire with more that 1.2 million people living in the areas we serve.

Whilst many of our communities are rural, the urban areas we police include Hereford, Kidderminster, Redditch, Shrewsbury, Telford and Worcester.

Our history

The force was formed on 1st October 1967, by the merger of four forces; Worcestershire Constabulary, Worcester City Police, Herefordshire Constabulary and Shropshire Constabulary and in May 2009 we changed our name from West Mercia Constabulary to West Mercia Police.

Find out more about West Mercia Police by visiting the West Mercia Police website

Find out more about West Mercia’s chief officers and their portfolios

Read West Mercia Police’s 2020 performance report

Find out about West Mercia Police’s Vision and Values

Find out about West Mercia Police’s Service and Leadership Ethos

Find out about West Mercia Police’s Policing Priorities

West Mercia Police Officer Numbers

The table below shows the number of establishment officers in West Mercia Police in recent years. ‘Establishment’ refers to the number of budgeted full-time officer posts.

Establishment data – police officers

Establishment data – PCSOs

Usable reserves

Usable reserves as at the 31/03/2016 – £65,725m

Usable reserves as at the 31/03/2017 – £53,491m

Usable reserves as at the 31/03/2020 – £14,990

Precept % from 2012 – 2021

Information on the precept percentages can be found here.