Update from West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
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The latest news from John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner


Safer West Mercia Plan

After extensive consultation with communities and partners, I have finalised and published my plan, detailing how I will build a Safer West Mercia in the coming years.

Thank you to those who contributed to my plan during its consultation stages. Your comments and feedback have helped shape what the plan has become since my election campaign when I first delivered my vision.

The final plan outlines the four key strands to this vision and how they I will work hard to ensure they are delivered:

- Putting victims and survivors first

- Building a more secure West Mercia
- Reforming West Mercia
- Reassuring West Mercia’s communities


Our communities put their faith in me to build a safer West Mercia. This plan demonstrates how I will work tirelessly to repay that faith in the years to come. It is my firm commitment to West Mercia’s communities and it sets the basis for what I want to achieve for them.


My plan outlines how I will enable more active citizenship, give victims the help they need, ensure a modern, agile and efficient police service, provide better value for the public by working with partners and ultimately deliver communities that are safe and feel safe.

Either click here or click the image to the right to read the plan in full.

This month's events in pictures...
  • Seeing the work the West Mercia camera enforcement team do in areas of concern
  • Deputy PCC Tracey Onslow visits the Market Drayton Seniors' Enterprise
  • The Wolverley Sebright Young Cadets passing out ceremony
  • John attended the Hereford & Worcester Fire Service for their simulated motorway pile-up exercise
  • Tracey attended the launch of the Droitwich Safe Place Scheme
  • John met with local councillors and residents in Aymestry to discuss how speeding is affecting villager's lives
  • Tracey and Chris Jensen, OPCC Criminal Justice Manager, await John's speech at the Domestic Abuse Magistrate's Training at Hindlip
VIDEO: Construction starts on the new OCC
At a turf cutting ceremony earlier this month I, along with West Mercia Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), officially started construction on a state-of-the-art Operations Communications Centre (OCC). This will improve emergency services across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire.
I promised our communities I would improve police responses and work in partnership to achieve better value for public money. I also promised that I would reform and modernise West Mercia Police, giving its officers and staff the tools to do their jobs more effectively. This project demonstrates how I am delivering on those promises. It is a major step forward for our police and I will ensure this investment delivers the improvements our communities need

The new facility, which will be shared between the police and the fire service, allows for a faster, more effective response to incidents which require both services whilst reducing overheads.
Changes in technology, telecoms, estates and culture will mean officers and staff can work more efficiently and effectively. For the public, it will mean improved responses to emergencies and better opportunities to stay up to date on progress.

In the video (click above left) I explain how the new OCC will benefit our communities. Look out for further updates in future newsletters. Click here for more photos of the turf cutting ceremony.
VIDEO: Holding to account: Performance of 101 and 999 emergency contact services
This month I held a specific holding to account meeting with the Chief Constable around performance of the force's 101 and emergency 999 services.  
Following concerns raised to me by the public - particularly around the 101 service, I wanted to raise some important questions about the telephone services and how the force is going to improve these following a drop in performance.
It’s vital our communities can get in touch with the police when they need them. The police need to ensure their contact channels are responsive and accessible.
We have seen unacceptable drops in performance in relation to the 101 service which need to be addressed. It’s clear the staff in our call centres work extremely hard, so I wanted to ensure they have the support and resources necessary to deliver the best possible results for our communities.

Click the image above to see a video I recorded before my meeting with the Chief Constable. I will be publishing a further update following the meeting shortly.
Cyber Survey to shape support for victims
I have launched a cyber crime survey across West Mercia, which will help build a more comprehensive picture of online crime and help shape support for victims.
Cyber is an emerging area of crime and it is important to understand how it is impacting our communities if we are going to be effective in tackling it. This survey will help ensure we listen to our communities and can focus our work on the biggest priorities. We must have an agile, dynamic approach to cyber crime though to ensure our work keeps pace with new cyber threats.
The survey was launched to mark Get Safe Online Day earlier this month. It is being run jointly with other regional Police and Crime Commissioners, Warwickshire County Council and other partners.
The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Click here to take part. The survey runs until midnight on Monday 9th January 2017.

The picture above is from the event launch, alongside Philip Seccombe and David Jamieson - the PCCs for Warwickshire and West Midlands respectively.
Community Ambassador round-up

My Community Ambassadors have all been busy this month meeting various people, community groups visiting projects across their individual patches. Here are just a few photos from their engagements this month.

If you are interested in meeting with your local ambassador, their contact details can be found here.

Photos clockwise: Worcestershire ambassador, Melanie Baker, attends a Thanksgiving Service held by the Evesham Street Pastors. Herefordshire ambassador, Dan Guerche, meets with Vennture to talk about their agenda for troubled families. Graham Oliver, Shropshire ambassador, visits The Bluestone Centre to look at the work being done to steer people back onto the right track. Dan Guerche supported the SHYPP housing association with an awareness raising event.
Focus on tackling hate crime

I am very clear that hate crime will not be tolerated and tackling it is a key priority for me as Commissioner. We know that hate crime is under reported and understanding more about the scale of the problem is the first step. I would encourage all victims to come forward, report offences and get any help they need to cope and recover.  

I will make sure the police have the resources and commitment to do their part and that there are services available to help victims. Ultimately, I want our communities to be safer, happier and more united. We can all help to achieve that.

Pictured with senior officers at West Mercia Police HQ

I, along with Deputy PCC Tracey Onslow, supported national Hate Crime Awareness week, attending various events and signing the pledge against hate crime. I have also funded a film entitled ‘Aligargh’ which was shown at the Shropshire Rainbow LGBT Film Festival , and sends a strong message about acceptance, understanding and equality. To view the trailer click here.

Photos from the events can be viewed here Flickr album here.
Op Protect gets underway

I am supporting West Mercia Police’s 10 days of Protect by taking part in a series of visits and activities designed to give communities an insight into policing.
I have made it a priority as Commissioner to be amongst our officers and staff, instead of watching from afar. Since I was elected, I have been right around the force to further understand the full range and volume of work that the police do. It is staggering to see how much good work goes on by officers, staff and volunteers every day to keep us and our communities safe and that’s why this initiative is so important.
We often only get snapshots of the police’s work from the media, or what we see and hear in our own lives. Protect gives all our communities the chance to take a closer, more comprehensive look at what goes into policing every day. I have personally found it very reassuring to see the professionalism and breadth of police activity in West Mercia.
Along with my Deputy Tracey Onslow and my four Community Ambassadors, we will be engaging with communities across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Telford and Wrekin. This will include accompanying the police on Halloween patrols, conducting arrest warrants and working with partners in other emergency services.
The picture above shows the launch of a 24hr police tweetathon as part of Protect. I visited the operations communications centre along with Warwickshire PCC Philip Seccombe and Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Chris Singer to see the range and volume of incidents reported to the force.
I would encourage all our communities to take the opportunity to gain more of an insight into policing during the 10 days of Protect. Follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook (@WestMerciaPCC) using the hashtag: #OpProtect
Photos from Protect will be uploaded to our Flickr album
Recognising staff, officers and volunteers

As commissioner I am honoured to hear the amazing work of our officers, staff and volunteers. This month I attended local awards in Hereford and Long Service and Good Conduct Awards at Hindlip, as well as hearing some great examples from the Force Operations Awards. On behalf of our communities,  I would like to those who have devoted their careers to serving the public, putting themselves in harms way to keep us safe. 
Independent Trust, Integrity and Ethics Committee will continue its work

As part of my pledge to reassure our communities and ensure that the police service is one that the public can trust and be confident in. I have reappointed the Trust, Integrity and Ethics (TIE) Committee for a further two years.

This committee assists me in holding the Chief Constable to account and ensures that good work can be recognised whilst improvements can be made where needed.
Since the committee was established, they have examined many high profile aspects of policing activity, ensuring the force is compliant with the College of Policing Code of Ethics. This has included work to scrutinise police integrity and a recent review into the recording of rape offences, leading to improved and more detailed recording methods.

For more information about the work of the TIE Committee click here.

John's diary highlights

31 October - Madeley Town Council meeting
31 October - Patrols with local policing teams providing Halloween reassurance (Op Protect)
3 November - Energize - impact review and awards
7 November - Visiting Ludlow safer neighbourhood team
8 November - PCC visit to Willowdene, Shropshire
9 November - Visiting Meole estate and Shrewsbury councillors
11 November - Armistice Day service
13 November - Remembrance services
14 November - Visit to Evesham safer neighbourhood team
21 November - Attending Council seminar meeting, Hereford
21 November - Bromyard and Winslow town council meeting
23 November - Speaking at Federation of Small Businesses conference, Shrewsbury
28 November - Neighbourhood and Home Watch network event

To view a comprehensive version of the PCC's diary, including events in your area, click here.

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