Update from West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
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Budget consultation - 2017/18

In addition to the regular newsletter, I wanted to send you a separate note to ask for your comments on my budget plans I have proposed for the coming year.

I promised the communities of West Mercia that I would make sure policing budgets were spent as wisely and efficiently as possible, before I ever asked our communities to pay any more. With that in mind, I am proposing a freeze in the policing element of council tax for the coming financial year. I believe taxpayer’s money must be better utilised and that greater efficiencies must be achieved before asking for any more.
I also promised I would invest in, modernise and reform our policing service. My budget proposals for 2017/18 represent an increase of £4.5m to help ensure that promise is kept. This money would be put towards reforming the organisation to make it financially sustainable and ensure it can meet the challenges of keeping the communities of West Mercia safe today and into the next decade.
As Commissioner I have already started the technological revolution within West Mercia. The financial strategy I am proposing will allow for continued investment, along with the Warwickshire PCC as our alliance partner, to ensure we get ever greater efficiencies whilst addressing the issues that matter most to our communities.
Members of our communities regularly tell me that they want their police force to be more visible. That feedback is reflected in my budget proposals where I have included major investments in technology that will set police officers free from police stations and improve visibility. In addition, the technology I am investing in will improve the customer service our communities receive.
I want to provide new fit-for-purpose technology and working environments for the police. I am also committed to new multi-agency facilities in the Shrewsbury and Hereford areas that will give our officers the tools they need to do their difficult jobs.
I am proposing a further significant investment of £1.3m to protect the most vulnerable people in our society. I will continue to invest heavily in services to support victims of crime; helping more people recover and get on with their lives. I have already announced a new victim’s charter and will continue to drive reform so that victims get a better deal.
I want to hear your views before I make my final decision on the budget.  My plan is out for consultation with communities and partners until the 23rd of January.

Please click here to take part in the short survey and click here read the full budget report.
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