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The extraordinary time we have all experienced as a result of Coronavirus has led to a postponement of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections until May 2021. In response to this I have reviewed my Safer West Mercia Plan to ensure it remains fit for purpose for an additional period of time.

Overall I am confident that the priorities I set out in this plan four years ago are still relevant today, however it’s timely to make some minor revisions to the plan for my extended term of office.

Taking a good service and making it great represents a big challenge. It requires attention to detail, understanding, the right resources and a determination to succeed. This was the challenge I set myself when I was elected in 2016: To take our strong foundation of a good police force and create an even safer West Mercia.

This plan will outline how, together, we can all help to achieve that goal.

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 its 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:

  • Putting victims and survivors first
  • Building a more secure West Mercia
  • Reforming West Mercia
  • Reassuring West Mercia’s communities

None of this will be easy but I will work tirelessly to make it a reality.

Together we can build a safer West Mercia.

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