PCC John Campion is focused on delivering improvements for the communities of West Mercia after his budget plans were supported.

The PCC secured the support of the Police and Crime Panel for the latest investments he wants to make in West Mercia Police, allowing him to build on the work he has already done to build a Safer West Mercia.

The PCC has had to make tough decisions as a result of the financial challenges the country continues to face. This has resulted in a need to refocus resources to ensure they are aimed at the areas of greatest public concern.

This includes:

-Improved visible and accessible policing- creation of town centre policing to tackle shoplifting, anti social behaviour and thefts.

-Better investigation and outcomes- improved technology to help police officers in checking for criminal activity on mobile phones and computers.

-Improving public contact- improved call response times for the emergency and non-emergency lines, and technology to allow digital evidence to be uploaded by the public.

PCC John Campion said: “This budget has the communities of West Mercia at the heart of it. My latest investment will build on the progression I have already made in West Mercia Police and will focus on the areas that matter to the public such as how they make contact with their police service.

“This budget has come with some tough decisions and, as a result, some changes will have to be made within West Mercia Police. However, it is important that we review this, and I have worked with the Chief Constable to ensure that resources are refocused towards the areas of priority and public concern.

“I remain committed to ensuring the communities of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire feel the benefits of the decisions I make on their behalf.”

Temporary Chief Constable Alex Murray said: “Building on the investments made over the last year, this budget will support our commitment to visible and accessible policing for the people of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.

 “Due to the current national financial landscape difficult decisions have had to be made, but I want to reassure the communities we serve that we are prioritising the issues that we know matter most to them. We will continue improving the service you receive when you contact us and will keep reducing the number of victims and people impacted by crime.”

The PCC secured backing for the following proposals:

 4.91% increase in the council tax element for policing. This equates to approximately £277.50 for an average Band D property (25p per week).