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

My first month in office has been focused on starting to deliver some of my key election pledges. It has been fantastic to meet so many people all wanting to help create a safer West Mercia and start to tackle some of the most pressing priorities for our local communities. There is a lot to be done but I will continue to work hard to deliver for local communities and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.

It has been a priority for me to be visible and engaging with our communities across the whole force area. It has been great to get out and about, and (for example) share a Friday night shift with police officers, discuss local issues with parish councils, meet Neighbourhood Watch groups or see projects with dis-engaged young people. This is just a start for me, and I am looking forward to engaging with many more of our communities in the weeks to come.
Pictured above (left) meeting Councillors and officers in Redditch, and left, with police cadets at a cathedral service in Shrewsbury.
Safer West Mercia Plan
I have started work on producing my Safer West Mercia Plan, which will set my specific aims for making communities safer and reducing harm over the next four years.

I want your views to be at the heart of my work, and I have encouraged people across West Mercia to share their priorities in recent weeks. I am very grateful to the 1,500 people and organisations who took part in the consultation. Their responses will help shape my draft plan, which will be published in due course.

In the meantime, my consultation into victim services continues until the end of July. If you haven't already done so, please take a couple of minutes to share your priorities which will help shape my new Victim's Charter for West Mercia. The link is available here.
Chief Constable Recruitment

I have started the process of looking for West Mercia Police's next Chief Constable.

West Mercia is a good police force and this is a real opportunity for an exceptional leader to take it forward. I am committed to creating a safer West Mercia, and I will be appointing someone who shares that commitment; Someone who ensures we meet the current and future challenges policing will face and someone that will help me continue to modernise the force and make sure it is equipped for the 21st century.

The post has now been advertised, and there will be an open, transparent and thorough recruitment process over the coming weeks.
As you may know, David Shaw (pictured above, right) is retiring from the force at the end of July. I would also take the opportunity to congratulate David, who was awarded the Queen's Policing Medal in the recent Honours list. David has enjoyed a long and distinguished career serving the public, dedicating more than 30 years to making people safer and protecting communities. He has reached and performed at the very highest level of policing, and this medal is a fitting tribute for all that he has achieved.
Deputy PCC and Commissioner's Ambassadors
In my last newsletter I outlined plans to recruit a Deputy Commissioner and new Ambassadors to help me deliver a safer West Mercia and ensure I am engaging with communities right across a very large policing area.

Both are progressing well, having been advertised for a number of weeks, and I am confident that I will be able to announce some appointments that will deliver for local communities.

I promised an open and transparent recruitment process for my Deputy, and that has been the case. I am very grateful for the assistance I have had from a number of partners during the recruitment process.
Common Sense Improvement for Police Visibility

I am very pleased to see new changes which will help deliver better police visibility in local communities.

West Mercia Police is making bikes available to more patrol officers. The changes will mean any frontline officer would be able to use a bike as part of their patrols. Bikes will also be pooled – enabling more people to use them.

These are some simple changes which can make a real difference in improving police visibility. It will ensure police are still accessible right at the heart of our local communities, but will enable them to cover more ground on patrol. It’s a common sense approach which benefits both the police and the public.

Pictured above with Deputy Chief Constable Anthony Bangham (left), and Oswestry PC Paul Crump (centre)

John's Diary Highlights

Friday 24th June - Visit to Oswestry, to meet police and see CCTV systems

Friday 24th June - Policing area visit to Shrewsbury

Monday 27th June - Wythall PACT meeting

Tuesday 28th June - Stourport Neighbourhood Watch

Thursday 30th June - policing area visit to Telford

Thursday 7th July - Young Citizenship Celebration, Kidderminster

Thursday 7th July - Meeting with Crown Prosecution Service

Thursday 14th July - Police bravery awards
Wednesday 29th June - Alliance Governance Group Meeting

Wednesday 6th July - West Mercia Police and Crime Panel meeting. County Hall, Worcester

Thursday 7th July - Meeting with HMIC

Wednesday 13th July - Policing area visit  to north Worcestershire

Friday 15th July - Safer Roads Partnership visit
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