Worcester’s MP Robin Walker and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion have welcomed the Government’s biggest investment in policing for a decade, as confirmed by the Home Secretary.

The £700 million investment nationally, equates to just under a 10% increase, and will not only support the biggest recruitment drive in decades, including 93 additional officers in West Mercia by March 2021, but will help drive several priorities important to communities locally and nationally.

This includes investments in:

  • Serious organised crime, such as county lines or violent offences.
  • Protection for vulnerable people
  • Crime prevention to make streets safe
  • Transforming policing for the digital age.

The Home Office has confirmed increased flexibility over council tax for Police and Crime Commissioner across England and Wales, allowing an increase of up to £10.

Contingent on the PCC’s decision, which is yet to be made, in relation to the precept, funding for West Mercia in 2020/21 can go up to £236.6 million, an increase of approximately £16.1 million in total funding, compared to last year.

Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:

“This Government is delivering on its commitment to recruit 20,000 additional officers over the next three years to protect the public and keep our community safe. We need to give the Police the resources it needs to crack down on crime in our community.”

““I am in regular contact with West Mercia Police and I will continue to advocate on their behalf in Westminster. As we have seen with this investment, tackling crime is a priority and I am pleased that the Government is delivering results on this issue.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“This government is delivering on the people’s priorities by giving policing the biggest funding increase in a decade.”

“It will mean more officers tackling the crime blighting our streets, so people can feel safe in their communities. The police must now make full use of this significant investment to deliver for the public.”

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said:

“This significant increase in funding will support the work I am doing locally, helping us reinforce the efforts to fight crime, ultimately making our communities safer.”

“I am grateful for the support of MPs and the Government have delivered on their promise to focus on the issues that have the biggest impact on our communities, and I am committed to making best use of the additional resources locally, ultimately making our communities safer.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

For more information on the announcement, please see:

https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/22/factsheet-police-funding-settlement-2020-21/

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/policing-gets-biggest-funding-boost-in-decade-to-put-more-bobbies-on-the-beat

https://www.walker4worcester.com/2019/10/walker-welcomes-announcement-of-93-new-police-officers-for-west-mercia-police/