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Thousands Watch PCC Put Public Questions to Chief Constable
Local communities were able to put their questions on policing and crime directly to West Mercia's Chief Constable this month, in the PCC's first public holding to account meeting.
Videos of the meeting, which was broadcast on Facebook, have been viewed more than 3,000 times so far.
Local communities submitted questions in advance and tuned in to watch the PCC put their questions to Anthony Bangham on a range of subjects, including police visibility, burglaries, drugs and roads policing. The full videos are available to watch now on the PCC's Facebook page. Click either the image above, or this link.
90 New Officers for West Mercia
The latest round of recruitment has begun for new police officers in West Mercia. In total, around 90 new officers are to be appointed this year.

Read full coverage from the Shropshire Star, including a column from the PCC>>
West Mercia Supports Armed Forces Day
John Campion joined West Mercia officers in a show of support for Armed Forces Day. The flag flew at police headquarters as part of the event.
Funding Pledge for Home Security
The PCC has offered to part fund Smartwater for every area in West Mercia. The PCC has approached local Councillors with an offer to fund 25% of costs for making their ward a Smartwater area, as a means of deterring burglaries.
Read coverage of the story from the Worcester News>>
Police Volunteers Clock Up 100,000 Hours
The PCC has thanked volunteers working within West Mercia Police as new figures show they clocked up almost 100,000 hours last year.
For Special Constables, the statistics equate to almost 50 extra full-time police officers.
Read more from the Redditch Standard>>
Use of Force Data Highlights Attacks Against Police
New data has shown that West Mercia Police resolve more than 99% of incidents without using force. This is despite an increase in attacks against police officers, which the PCC has said is unacceptable.
Read coverage from the Malvern Gazette>>
Criticism for Central Remand Hearings
There are further calls for changes to remand court hearings in West Mercia. The PCC is among a number of voices who have criticised reforms which mean all remand cases are now heard in Kidderminster.
Read more from the Shropshire Star>>

PCC Joins MP in Action Against Vandalism
John Campion joined Redditch MP Rachel Maclean recently in a visit to businesses in the town who have been affected by a spate of vandalism. Both John and Rachel have pledged to work with the businesses and other partners to tackle the problem.
Read more>>
PCC Welcomes Road Safety Commitment
A further £100m is to be invested in road safety by the Government. The PCC has welcomed the news, at a time when numbers of crashes causing deaths or serious injuries on roads nationwide are increasing.
Read more>>
Community Ambassadors...

This month, the Ambassadors have been busy attending various fetes, festivals and events across their respective patches. They've also been working with partners to give advice about staying safe in open waters, crime prevention and how they can make their property safe.
Would you like to see where the Commissioner will be this month? Check out his public engagements and community meetings on his website.
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