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:
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:
Freedom of Information disclosure logs:
Records of PCC decisions:
Information from external sources:
About West Mercia Police
West Mercia is the fourth largest geographic police area in England and Wales
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.
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 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 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.