he Police and Crime Commission for West Mercia has welcomed increased investment in policing from the government.

John Campion was responding to news that Home Secretary Priti Patel launched a 'biggest investment in policing' for a decade this week.

The £700 million investment nationally, equates to just below a 10 per cent increase, and will not only support an extra 93 additional officers in West Mercia by March 2021, but will help drive a number of priorities important to communities locally and nationally.

Mr 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 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.

“Now that we have the figures, I will be considering the options available in the days ahead.

"I will then be publishing a budget strategy after the public consultation has closed on Friday. I would encourage those who haven’t yet taken part to do so to ensure your voice is heard.”

Included in the proposed investments are: serious organised crime, such as county lines or violent offences; protection for vulnerable people; crime prevention to make streets safer, and transforming policing for the digital age.

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

The budget consultation for West Mercia is ongoing: www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/your-chance-to-shape-how-your-police-force-is-funded/