Police and Crime Commissioner’s News

Police and Crime Commissioner’s News

The latest newsletter from John Campion, Police and crime Commissioner for West Mercia has a range of interesting topics. Just 3 are briefly summarised below. You can find out more on the website here: www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/news-events/

Tackling Knife Crime

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, has been focusing on knife crime, commonly linked to drug use and dealing; and has identified that the key to preventing an increase is education – particularly of young men. There have been a number appeals relating to incidents of knife crime in Shropshire over recent months, with several incidents taking place in broad daylight during the afternoon.  Figures earlier this year revealed there had been an eight per cent increase on possession of weapon offences in West Mercia from the end of 2016 to the end of 2017. However, police have released more detailed statistics which show a year-on-year decrease of 17 per cent for knife crimes – excluding possession and homicide – in Shropshire, and a five per cent decrease in Telford & Wrekin. In total the past 12 months have seen 75 of the crimes in Shropshire, and 110 in Telford & Wrekin.

Promoting Water Safety

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner is backing a campaign, calling for no more river deaths, after 429 people drowned across England in the last year. West Mercia Search and Rescue (WMSAR) are a charity, partially funded through a PCC grant who consist entirely of volunteers, and are regularly called to assist in water recoveries. They launched the Home and Dry Campaign and you can find out more about it here: https://westmerciasar.org.uk/homeanddry/

Hate Crime Update

In West Mercia, there has been an increase in hate crime of 102% with 1321 offences compared to 654, showing a confidence in victims coming forward and an increase in crimes being recorded with a hate marker attached. The Commissioner grant funds a number of projects to raise awareness of hate crime including, in Shropshire:

  • Hate Crime Awareness Week in Shropshire, consisting of coordinated and delivered activities and events
  • Kick it Out (racism and discrimination out of football) consisting of classroom and assembly sessions in partnership with Shropshire Football Association
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