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West Mercia's New Police and Crime Commissioner

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West Mercia's New Police and Crime Commissioner

I have recently been elected as West Mercia’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and explain how you can let me know your views on my proposals for policing and community safety.

The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is set out in the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011. It is a new role but broadly I am responsible for securing the maintenance of the police force within West Mercia and ensuring that it is effective and efficient. My responsibilities include:
• Holding the Chief Constable to account.
• Developing and issuing a police and crime plan and publishing an annual report.
• Setting the budget for policing and making community safety grants.
• Obtaining the views of people and victims of crime within West Mercia about matters concerning policing.
• Co-operating with criminal justice bodies, to ensure an efficient and effective criminal justice service, and with community safety partners, having regard to their priorities.

I do not intend to be a faceless man sitting in an office but out listening to the community.

I aim to provide a strong and powerful voice for the people of West Mercia and represent their views about how crime and disorder is prevented and its consequences are tackled. I want to develop a closer working relationship between the Commissioner’s Office with the Police and with the general public.

I am under no illusions as to the challenges I face in this new role. We are currently living in times of austerity where finance and resources are limited, and police budgets have been slashed by millions of pounds. I aim to ensure that what funding is available is used wisely to provide an effective and efficient police force within West Mercia and to prevent crime and disorder.

The Olympic Games (London 2012) is an example of what can be achieved by organisations and the dedication and motivation of individuals to inspire others to achieve greater things. I want to use my position to inspire others to be leaders in the community to prevent crime and disorder, and build a better and safer society for the people of West Mercia. I would particularly like to encourage leadership within communities to promote and provide activities for young people, which engage as many people as possible.

Over the next few months I will be writing my first Police and Crime Plan and would welcome feedback on my proposals before the plan is finalised. I will publish details on my website www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk by 7 January 2013 and you will have until 18 January 2013 to submit responses. To keep costs down I intend where possible to consult electronically via my website or email but will of course post details to those not online.

If you would like to receive information on future consultations under taken by my office please either visit my website, or email opcc@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

Kind Regards

Bill Longmore