Over the past five years John Campion as Commissioner has consistently focused West Mercia Police on fighting crime, catching criminals and making our communities safer; as a result most crime types are down.
John Campion has been consistently clear that crime and harm being caused should never just be accepted as inevitable in West Mercia. In his unrelenting focus on tackling crime he has also focused on the prevention of crime by tackling the root causes of it.
As part of a series of pledges in the run up to the PCC election in West Mercia on Thursday 6th May, John Campion has pledged to continue to increase the amount invested in prevention in his drive to deliver a Safer West Mercia. He will further focus prevention on:
• Targeting the perpetrators of domestic abuse. 1 in 4 crimes in West Mercia features domestic abuse. It is engrained within too much of our society and he will target the perpetrators of this wicked crime to break the cycle of domestic abuse.
• Targeting the most dangerous drivers on our roads. Too many people are dying or being seriously injured on our roads. Enforcement will continue to play a major role in making our roads safer, but it must also be accompanied with an intense focus on the causes of that behaviour. He will also continue to work with highway authorities to design out danger on our roads.
• John has invested in his ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ scheme that has seen Burglary drop by 31% in West Mercia through the roll out of SmartWater property marking. He will continue to expand the scheme to more parts of West Mercia including offering all Farms in West Mercia a “Farm Crime Prevention Pack”.
• He will continue to support our Town Centres to thrive and feel safe with further investment in community CCTV.
• John will increase investment in diversionary schemes for young people on the edge of criminality, ensuring they have the right support and role models to enter adulthood as law abiding citizens.
John Campion said, “The fight against crime will only ever be truly successful if it is accompanied by an effective and wide ranging programme of prevention. I have focused West Mercia Police on more effectively fighting crime, targeting criminals and supporting victims but we must do even more to target the causes of crime in our society.
“If re-elected I will increase investment in prevention programmes across a range of issues. As part of this investment I will work to ensure survivors of crime such as domestic abuse should have confidence that West Mercia Police will not only work hard to bring their perpetrator to justice and support them in their recovery, but also effectively rehabilitate those perpetrators to break the cycle of harm.”