john campion

Update from West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner

Hello and welcome to my latest newsletter…

This edition includes: another opportunity to have YOUR say directly with me; my call for clarity around West Mercia Police’s approach to COVID-19 enforcement, more county lines arrests in the fight to tackle drug offences; the release of my official Christmas crime prevention playlist and a round up of my special edition White Ribbon Day podcasts.

Due to the new COVID-19 government guidelines, my office is mainly working from home and, whilst we are able to take phone calls to our usual OPCC number, I would encourage you to contact us by emailing or by using our social pages ‘westmerciapcc’ on Facebook and twitter. Any members of the public needing to call the office can do so between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday – Friday. Please stay safe and look out for each other.

What matters to you? Have YOUR say with me directly…
With COVID-19 continuing to impact how I engage with communities, I have been hosting a series of online events for the public to raise concerns with me directly – and I want to hear YOUR views.

The online sessions are being conducted via Zoom and have so far covered Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, with a number of issues being raised such as speeding, anti-social behaviour & officer visibility.

On the back of this, I am working to address these concerns and several attendees have been provided with useful information. This has included how to apply for funding to purchase road safety equipment and contact details for the people and teams best placed to deal with the specific problems raised.

The final session, focusing on Telford & Wrekin, will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 16th December.

Register for the event here »
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I have asked for clarity on West Mercia Police’s approach to COVID-19 enforcement…
As part of my role of holding the Chief Constable to account, and with COVID-19 set to remain in 2021, I have asked the force for greater clarity on the effectiveness of its enforcement activity

We are now seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with the roll out of the vaccine, but we cannot afford to become complacent. The force still has a duty to uphold the current restrictions in a proportionate way that maintains the consent of the public, and this is likely to remain the case well into next year.

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