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

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Multi-million pound investment in mobile technology

Earlier this month I was pleased to confirm a £4.2 million pound investment in mobile technology, which will allow police officers to be more visible in communities across West Mercia.

During a trial in Evesham police officers were issued with smartphones and laptops, which enabled them to work on the move and prevented them from having to return to the police station frequently to do admin work. It resulted in, on average, an extra hour per officer, per shift, being spent out and about in the community.

VIDEO: Mobile technology

This investment supports my promise to reform and modernise West Mercia Police, which needs to catch up and then keep up with technology. I vowed to back the force with the investment and resources it needs to become more responsive to changing demands and that’s exactly what I’m delivering.

This technology is not anything extraordinary, but it will have an extraordinary impact. An extra hour of community policing per officer, per shift will go a long way to improving police visibility, which I know is a key priority for our communities. It will also give our officers the tools they need to do their difficult jobs better. Having spoken to many of them, I know this is something they are all very much looking forward to getting.

Statement following terrorist attack

Following the horrific incident that took place in Westminster last week, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and I have reaffirmed our on going commitment to public safety.

The commitment and dedication demonstrated by West Mercia officers and staff is something that I see day in, day out. I would like to reassure the public that they work extremely hard to keep our communities safe. The Chief and I are committed to ensuring that resources are provided to tackle all types of crime. These resources are prioritised accordingly to ensure that all that is needed is done to prevent threats to our communities. Our thoughts remain with the victims of the attack in Westminster. We will be forever indebted to those that make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham (pictured left), said: “Last week our country was shaken by the events in Westminster. This will, no doubt, have caused our communities to reflect and some people may feel fearful.

"To those people I would like to reassure you that we are committed to keeping you and your family safe and there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to our communities.
“Community policing remains at the very heart of all we do and our local policing approach is supported by an armed capability, available 24 hours a day across the force area, to both prevent incidents and respond swiftly where we are needed.

“Last week’s events were also a stark reminder of the risks those who serve within the police service take every single day in order to protect the public and I never fail to be humbled by the bravery of police officers both within our own force and nationally.

“Time will not heal the pain caused to the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and Leslie Rhodes and the thoughts of all of us at West Mercia Police remain with them."

If you have any information about suspicious activity or behaviour you can report it in confidence by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or by using the secure form at www.gov.uk/ACT. In an emergency situation call 999.
VIDEO: Hanley Swan speeding concerns

Residents of the Worcestershire village raised concerns about speeding with me. As a result, I arranged for partners and residents to come together to discuss the issue in the hope of identifying a resolution. Some of the people involved gave us their thoughts after the meeting.
Hanley Swan - speeding concerns
VIDEO: Campaign to raise awareness of CSE launches

Child sexual exploitation is a horrific crime that can happen anywhere. It’s so important that we all work together to address it and don’t bury our heads in the sand in the hope it will go away. I want to give victims the confidence to come forward and talk to someone, knowing there is support available to them. I also want to encourage people to learn more about the signs of CSE so we can stop it quicker.

West Mercia Police launched a campaign about raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) to coincide with this year's CSE Awareness Day. Tell Someone encourages people to recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and tell someone if they have concerns.

The campaign places a great emphasis on an educational and preventative approach, aiming to dispel myths and raise awareness that ‘sexual exploitation can happen to any child, anywhere’ and provides details of how and where to get help.

CSE remains a priority for myself and the police. As Commissioner, I promised to make sure that the progress we have made is maintained and accelerated. I will continue to improve the support we offer to children. I will continue to make sure the police are prioritising this issue and working effectively to tackle it and I will continue to work with partners to ensure safeguarding and community partners are all working together towards common goals.

Community Ambassador round-up

Top: Shropshire Ambassador Graham Oliver welcomed the latest Police Cadet recruits at Albrighton Primary School, and bottom, Graham has also been continuing his work with Team Shrewsbury and the RNLI to promote water safety. 
Elsewhere in the patch, Herefordshire Ambassador Dan Guerche met with the organisers of Hereford Pride who are busy getting plans underway for this year's event. Dan also met with the Street Champions of Herefordshire Businesses to discuss issues affecting them and how they can be resolved together.

In Telford & Wrekin, Sherrel Fikeis met with members from the Elim Community Church, as well as the Disability Forum to discuss how people with disabilities can engaged with better. 
West Mercia Police improves its service to the public

This month I welcomed a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which showed that West Mercia Police has improved it’s service to the public in the last year. 

HMIC has released ‘effectiveness’ reports for all police forces in England and Wales today. West Mercia Police has improved its overall rating to ‘good’, with inspectors noting that the force is focused on helping victims, protecting vulnerable people and has improved its work around serious and organised crime.

I promised our communities that I would deliver improvements in this key area and I have kept that promise. Our communities are getting a better service now than they were a year ago. However, this initial improvement is just the first step forward. This progress needs to be sustained and seen as the base which we now build from, rather than what we settle for.

There is undoubtedly still progress to be made and improvements to be achieved in order to deliver communities that are safe and feel safe. I will be pushing to ensure the force delivers on this in the weeks and months ahead. I am grateful for the hard work and professionalism of the force’s officers and staff who have made this improvement a reality.

John's Diary

Wednesday 5 April - Meeting with local councillor to discuss speeding in Church Stretton
Thursday 6 April - Worcester Conservative luncheon club
Monday 10 April - Guest speaker at Worcester Rotary Club
Monday 10 April - Alvechurch Annual Parish meeting
Thursday 20 April - Guest speaker at Quatt Malvern Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 25 April - Highley Parish Council meeting
Wednesday 26 April - Wychavon District Council
Thursday 27 April - Albrighton Parish Council

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


 

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