My name is John and if elected as West Mercia's Police & Crime Commissioner I will work tirelessly to represent the hopes, aspirations and values of all the communities of our diverse force area.
The force area has many different communities being policed by consent by one single police service. I have the respect of those values and diversity to ensure it has prominence in West Mercia’s policies.
As an experienced local government operative with a sound understanding of the police service in West Mercia and the partnership environment it operates in, I am well placed to give the police service the political leadership it needs. If elected as Commissioner I will balance the broader issues such as tackling organised crime and terrorism whilst delivering community policing.
I believe I have the skills and track record to do this effectively. I know that because I have broad experience from front line community engagement through to high level strategic policy development.
Essentially, the police force should work in a partnership environment to support a safe, and a “perceived to be safe” community. A Commissioner must not only have policies to keep the relentless drive to keep crime down, but to also tackle the perception of crime. For too long, sections of our community haven’t felt safe in their own streets. I would redouble the efforts through engagement to provide that reassurance to our community whilst targeting low level crime such as antisocial behaviour.
I have a vision for West Mercia. I believe in the British style of policing - that is policing by the consent of its community. My vision is to protect that value and build on it, by ensuring that the police service continues to be at the heart of our community - visible and accountable. I would protect this core value as the police service develops, adapts and responds to ever changing threats to our community and the considerable financial challenges it faces.
If you place your trust in me to be your Commissioner, I will not let you down.