West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner believes the constant communication between himself and the force is supporting a focus on improving ways in which it investigates crime.

As part of his latest 'holding to account' meeting with Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, John Campion spoke about finding a more consistent approach across the force in the way crimes are investigated was discussed.

Mr Campion believes the meetings are crucial to allow officers at West mercia Police to continue their work.

He said: “I promised the communities of West Mercia that I would support and challenge [the] police to continue to improve the way the police investigate crimes, meaning that justice for victims can be brought about more quickly allowing those victims to cope, recover and thrive more quickly.

“Through these formal holding to account processes, I ensure on behalf of the public the force are taking action.

“It’s vital the investigative process isn’t hampered by lack of training, ICT weaknesses or overwhelming demand, so victims get the outcome they deserve.

“I never fail to be impressed by the commitment, drive and enthusiasm of the officers and staff that work as part of the investigative function in West Mercia, my drive is to make sure the organisation is “match fit” to support them in those endeavours.”

Also discussed was working towards the best outcomes for our communities and do the right staff have the right skills.

This includes making use of all available investigative powers, making best use of technology and upskilling officers in various specialisms.

The PCC's recent investment in uplifting officer numbers means officers who would have dealt with a number of complex cases as well as day to day demands will have more time to put the most important issues first.