Update from West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner
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A successful summer of engagement

After a very busy summer of attending some of the area's biggest events over the last three months, we've reached the end of my summer programme for 2017. It has been a great few months where I have had the pleasure of engaging with thousands of people in communities right across West Mercia.
Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to attend some of our area's events in order to reach more people. I wanted to give you, members of the community, the opportunity to express your priorities and concerns so that, in turn, I could listen and act upon them where necessary. I also wanted to give you a chance to learn more about my role, as well as local policing and crime in general.

We have attended eight events, all of which I believe have been incredibly valuable. It's been excellent to have met so many of you and listen to your views first-hand. 
A common theme has been how much people value their police officers and want to see more of them in our communities. I'm working hard to deliver this by reforming and modernising the West Mercia force. By ensuring the police make better use of technology, we are preventing officers being tied to the office and freeing up significantly more time for them to spend in the communities where they are needed most. 

Another theme has been speeding in communities. This is a key priority of mine and I have invested in speed reduction schemes in many areas that have suffered with road safety issues. Another way of tackling this problem is by empowering people to play a more active role, which is why I've made more kits available for communities to start up community speed watch groups.
I hope that those I've spoken to have found it as useful as I have, and I look forward to meeting many more people as we head into the winter and another programme of events for 2018. 

However, before we make firm plans, I would like to hear from you about where I should head to next - do you know of any festivals or fetes? Perhaps a Christmas light switch on, a Diwali celebration or winter fair? Please contact my office with any ideas you have and I'll look forward to seeing you there.
Roll-out of body worn video
The roll out of body worn video to frontline officers and staff across West Mercia is nearing completion, well ahead of schedule.

This technology plays a big part in my vision for a reformed, reassured and safer West Mercia, and I am pleased to see the positive impact it is having, both for the public and for the workforce.
It is already clear that the technology is providing reassurance and giving our communities greater confidence in the police service.

The higher quality of evidence this delivers, provides a higher quality of service for victims and increases the chance of justice being served.
Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford are already realising the benefits, with Herefordshire to follow in the coming weeks.

My £1 million investment in body worn video, along with a number of other changes to technology, exemplifies how I am delivering on the promise I made to our communities to deliver the modern, forward thinking police force that they deserve.

Community Ambassador round up

This month the Community Ambassadors have been attending their respective area's open days and getting involved in initiatives within their communities.

North Worcestershire Ambassador, Margaret Sherrey, went with PCSOs to an area of Cofton Hackett that has just established a Neighbourhood Watch Group. Herefordshire Ambassador, Dan Guerche, has been working with Rural Crime Coordinator Paul Crumpton on a new 'Stop That Thief' initiative. They went out to visit rural communities with Poacher Watch. Dan also attended the Hereford County Show with PCSO Hayley Cohen. Margaret Sherrey attended the Wythall Carnival, and South WorcestershireAmbassador Phil Grove attended the Worcester Police Station open day.
Police Dog Canto

On Monday 21 August, West Mercia Police officers were called to a home in Bridgnorth following concerns that a man at the address may try and harm himself. Fearing that the man may have needed immediate medical attention, officers forced entry to the address. However, the man was in possession of a knife and Police Dog Canto was stabbed. Following surgery, I was pleased to hear that he's made positive progress and is now at home resting up whilst he recovers.
This is a stark reminder of the dangers faced by those working to keep us safe on a daily basis, specifically in this case our highly trained and much loved police dogs.
I want your views...

Over the coming months I am proposing to improve the newsletter and make sure that it reflects what you want to see and read about, so I am calling on you for your views.

Please contact my office and let me know what you'd like to see in your newsletter.
Fire governance consultation - 11 days left

If you haven't already, this is a reminder that there are only a few days left to give your views on my consultation regarding the proposed changes to local fire governance.

The consultation closes on Monday 11 September, so please make sure that you have your say here. 

John's Diary

Saturday 2 September – Hereford Fire Station open day
Wednesday 6 September – Council meeting, Much Wenlock
Saturday 9 September – Worcester Fire Station open day
Monday 11 September – Speaking at Redditch Rotary Club lunch
Tuesday 12 September – Long service award ceremony, Hindlip
Thursday 14 September – St Martins Parish Council meeting
Friday 15 September – Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service medal and award ceremony
Sunday 17 September – Kidderminster Police Station open day
Wednesday 20 September – Little Birch Parish Council meeting, Hereford
Thursday 21 September – Whitchurch Council meeting
Sunday 24 September – Telford open day
Thursday 28 September - Kidderminster Town Council Community Awards


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