PCC newsletter – March 2024


Welcome to my March newsletter.

This month’s edition includes the results of the latest perception survey into the confidence of West Mercia Police, the projects I am funding as part of my Road Safety Fund and my latest meeting with the Chief Constable around Child Sexual Exploitation. 

PCC thanks communities for support

As an election is on the horizon, with the pre-election period starting on Tuesday 19 March, this will be the last newsletter in my 2021-2024 term.

It has been invaluable to meet as many of you as possible at community events and to have conversations about your views and concerns on local policing.

The newsletters from the Police and Crime Commissioner will resume in early-May following the result of the elections.

Tackling crime in West Mercia

I am encouraged to see that crime overall is reducing across West Mercia, with a 15% decrease in the number of reports between January 2022 and January 2023.

A decrease in reports has been seen across the majority of crime types, with vehicle offences, theft from a person (-28%) and anti-social behaviour (-20%) some of the biggest reductions recorded over the same time period.

A number of different factors have contributed to this, including the presence of the Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Teams I have funded.

These bespoke units have been working at the heart of communities to tackle crime.

As part of my budget for the coming year, I am also funding Town Centre Policing Teams to further increase the visibility of officers in crime hotspots to ensure crime continues to decrease across West Mercia.

Government announces additional money to boost PCC’s work to tackle anti-social behaviour

Committed to building a safer West Mercia, last month I welcomed additional Government funding to continue my focus on tackling anti-social behaviour.

The latest Government announcement, following a successful pilot in ten other force areas, will see West Mercia Police receive £1 million to increase uniformed patrolling in ASB hotspots.

I fully support this announcement by the Government as I regularly speak to communities across West Mercia who tell me about the impact anti-social behaviour is having on their feelings of safety.

I am clear, ASB is not a low-level crime, and it needs a strong police response. That’s why I remain focused on ensuring West Mercia Police has the resources it needs to drive change.

In line with the public’s priorities, I have targeted significant investment into boosting officer numbers to record levels, introduced first-of-a-kind Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Teams and this year, town centre policing teams.

I am under no illusion that this is job done, and while this progress is welcome it needs to be seen and felt by the public.

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PCC focuses on public priorities in performance meeting with police Chief

As the voice of the public in policing, a key part of my role is to support and challenge the Chief Constable to ensure the police is delivering for communities across West Mercia.

I am committed to ensuring local communities have confidence in West Mercia Police, and therefore I raised inconsistencies in confidence levels across the three counties.

I scrutinised the performance of the 101 non-emergency line as part of this meeting. With 54% of calls being answered in 30 seconds, this falls 6% short of the force’s target.

While I recognise the improvements that have been made in this area with longer term plans for sustainable improvement, I have sought reassurance on the longer-term plans to deliver greater efficiencies.

While it’s reassuring that crime is falling across the three counties, it’s important that all victims receive a service they expect and deserve. It’s clear that more needs to be done, and quickly.

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Tackling child-sexual exploitation in West Mercia

I held a formal Assurance and Accountability meeting with the Temporary Chief Constable on its progress to safeguard children.

The meeting was recorded and is now able to watch.

All 13 of West Mercia Police’s recommendations set out in a judge-led independent inquiry, published in 2022, into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Telford were covered in the session.

To ensure the voices of those most impacted by CSE were at the heart of the meeting, feedback from those with lived experience helped inform my lines of enquiry.

While I am reassured significant progress has been made, there’s still more work that needs to be done.

Watch it here

More than 8 in 10 have confidence in West Mercia Police

Results from a survey I run every three months to gain a greater understanding of the public’s views on policing have been gathered.

More than 8 in 10 have confidence in West Mercia Police, but the force is yet to hit its 88% target.

Support and trust remains high, hitting 93% and 88% respectively, and there’s been a 4% rise (83%) in the number of people who feel they would receive a good service.

PCC addresses tensions in communities following recent national protests

Democracy forms the foundation of our communities in West Mercia, giving us all the power to act, speak or think freely.

But these freedoms are fragile and need continuous attention. The recent protests we have seen play out across the country have seen a small but vocal minority overstepping the line of peaceful expression and instead resorting to acts of violence, intimidation and hate.

I have seen this first-hand, where my office and I have received messages from anonymous accounts filled with threats of violence, false accusations and toxicity. I know these hate messages are not unique to me. This is happening across the political spectrum and MPs are fearing for their safety, with Preet Gill MP’s recent interview on Politics Midlands highlighting the daily abuse she faces.

It’s therefore on all of us to drive discourse in a way that respects differing opinions and firmly shuts the door on non-peaceful protest.

Read the open letter in full

PCC believes latest inquiry will address police behaviour

The heinous actions of Wayne Couzens in March 2021, which led to the tragic death of Sarah Everard, have forever altered the public’s trust in police forces across the country.

The Angiolini Inquiry, published last month, has outlined a number of recommendations for police forces including the need to improve the investigation of indecent exposure and the vetting process for police officers.

These recommendations further support actions taken by the Home Office, to address vetting, to ensure all police officers are held accountable for their conduct in line with public expectations.

In West Mercia, trust has remained high towards local police officers, and it is my duty to help protect that trust. However, it is right that this inquiry has shone a light on the improvements that need to be made in police forces across the country, particularly around vetting.

I am clear, I will do all in my power to build public confidence in the police by challenging and supporting West Mercia Police to ensure their officers are adequately trained, equipped and motivated to respond to reports.

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PCC backs initiatives to tackle road safety concerns by £280k across West Mercia

Over a quarter of a million pounds will fund projects to make roads safer across West Mercia, as part of my Road Safety Fund.

With the original fund boosted by £30k after more than 80 applications were submitted by local communities, I will be funding a wide range of schemes across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

I speak regularly to residents and road safety is often a top priority. It’s a concern I share, and I am committed to playing my part to reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed on our roads.

This is only possible with the support of local communities, so I welcome the number of applications and the creative ideas that were submitted.

Some of the projects all communities across West Mercia will benefit from include:

  • West Mercia Police’s ‘Car Safety Campaign’ to offer safety advice to parents to reduce harm to young passengers.
  • A 17–24-year-old pre-licence driver education programme to make young drivers more aware of road safety.

I look forward to seeing the schemes from cameras to education programmes being rolled out in the county, helping to drive change in West Mercia.

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Schools across West Mercia receive mini police officer after winning PCC poster competition

At the heart of my Safer West Mercia Plan is a focus on improving road safety in West Mercia.

Therefore, it was encouraging to see more than 700 creative posters were submitted by 24 primary schools as part of my Mini Police Officer poster competition in December.

See examples of the winning entries above.

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In the heart of your communityAs your voice in policing, I really value hearing your experiences and thoughts on policing in your area.

Over the past month, my senior political team and I have been visiting communities across West Mercia.


Earlier this month, I joined a meeting of the Alvechurch Parish Council in Bromsgrove to hear the communities concerns around road safety.

It was an opportunity for me to reassure the residents that active work is being done by myself and the force to ensure their safety.


I hosted a Community Conversation event in Ludlow this month and it was encouraging to see more than 20 residents turn up to voice their concerns around local policing to me.

I understood the communities’ concerns around rural crime and road safety but alongside the Rural and Business Officers, I was able to reassure the public that action is being taken to tackle such matters.

I also joined a meeting of Cardington Parish Council, where residents and councillors expressed their concerns around police visibility and accessibility.

I am continuing to provide West Mercia Police with the tools and resources it needs to ensure communities feel reassured they are safe.


I held a Community Conversation event in Oakengates to understand what action residents felt was needed from the police to feel safe in their local area.

Myself and the We Don’t Buy Crime Team reassured residents active work is being done to ensure their safety.

I also concluded my Roads Focus series in Brookside this month. It was once again invaluable to hear from the public.

I am committed to making West Mercia’s road safer and I will continue to take action so no person is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

Police action in your local areaTelford & Wrekin

Streetwatch Volunteers have now started working with SNT Wellington, they have been on the first walk on March 1 around Wellington and will be working with the neighbourhood team to assist PC’s and PCSO’s on their areas with local issues


2 males arrested after drugs located under car seat.

South Worcestershire

A prolific shoplifter who has been targeting shops in Evesham has been handed a Criminal Behaviour Order for two years.

North Worcestershire

A male was arrested for driving over the limit of a specified controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug.


One woman was charged on Wednesday 6 March with drugs offences after she was arrested at an address in Leominster, Herefordshire.

The Fraud and Scam Bulletin June 2023

Your monthly bulletin direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds.

Click on the link below for the full Newsletter.


WEST MERCIA POLICE. Economic Crime Unit – monthly bulletin February 2023

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin

February 2023

Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds




Most fundraising appeals are genuine, so the risk of fraud should not put you off giving to charities. However, you should be vigilant and make sure you are giving safely to legitimate organisations.

Sadly at times of national and international emergencies and disasters, fraudsters are always ready to take that as an opportunity to set up fraudulent “Charity” websites  to prey on the public’s generosity and take their money fraudulently.

They may claim to be raising money for a charity which is actually a fake, or impersonate a well-known charity.

So before donating online, on the phone or in person

  1. Check the charity name and registration number at uk/checkcharity.
  2. Check the Fundraising Regulator’s online Directory to see if a charity has committed to good fundraising practice at org.uk/directory.
  3. If you are still unsure about giving, always ask the organisation for more information. Legitimate causes will be happy to respond and answer your questions.

Fundraising appeals with generic wording, such as ‘to help earthquake victims” should be approached with caution.

An appeal should always be clear on exactly what the money will be used for.

When giving online, make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information:

  • Type in the charity website address yourself, rather than clicking on a link, and look for the registered charity number on the website.
  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails.
  • Never respond to unsolicited messages or calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Beware of any online advertisements that just feature a mobile number.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company as this is a popular scam.
  • Only donate to online fundraising pages created by a person or organisation you know and trust. If in any doubt, contact the charity directly.

When you meet a fundraiser in-person, check their credentials:

  • Street collectors should wear an ID badge that is clearly visible.
  • Any collection buckets should be sealed and undamaged. Most fundraising materials should feature a charity’s name, registration number and a landline phone number.
  • If in doubt, ask for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer your questions.

If in doubt and you think that a fundraising appeal is fake, Report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime or by calling 0300 123 2040





WhatsApp provides an excellent platform for relatives and friends to communicate freely with each other but is equally used to their own advantage by fraudsters and scammers.  We frequently highlight these scams but reports continue to come in, and over half of those involve the victim losing financially.

Current themes used by scammers in their messages claiming to be from a family member with problems include “I have an urgent bill to pay”, “I need the money now”, ” I do not want to impact my credit rating”.

If you receive a message on WhatsApp from an unknown number purporting to be your son, daughter, friend or relative and they are requesting financial assistance to help pay for an urgent bill,


Take 5 seconds to think!

Call that person on a known number you have for them, and ask if they have changed numbers and/or have an urgent bill to pay.

They will then be able to confirm if this is genuine.

Please feel free to share this information with any relatives, friends or neighbours you think may be vulnerable.






Take Five To Stop Fraud


  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For further information visit:





Take Five To Stop Fraud

  • STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

  • CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

  • PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam

and report it to Action Fraud

If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.


Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to For further information visit:



PCC newsletter – February 2023

Welcome to my February newsletter.

This month’s edition includes stories on the new combined Redditch Fire and Police Hub, a 43% decrease in anti-social behaviour, and Race Equality Week.

Keep reading to find out more…

ASB down 43%

Anti-social behaviour is down by 43% when compared to last year.

From March 2021 to January 2022, there had been 32,129 cases of anti-social behaviour in West Mercia, this has dropped to 18,303 when compared to the same period in 2022/23.

A key part of my safer West Mercia Plan focuses on tackling the issues causing harm in our communities. I welcome these encouraging figures but there is still much more that can be done to ensure this continues being a long-term trend.

In next year’s budget I have allocated £2m to rollout crime reduction projects in partnership with local councils. As seen by the successful Safer and Stronger project in Telford, involving communities in decisions about the best ways to tackle ASB in their area makes a real impact.

Green light on new joint police and fire hub in Redditch

I have approved plans to construct a new Police and Fire Hub in the heart of Redditch.

The new combined Hub will bring West Mercia Police and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue service together in the same building.

The Hub will ensure officers are accessible and visible, as well providing better value for taxpayers’ money and enabling the two emergency services to work more closely together.

Want to find out more?

Free Radio interview
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Tackling rural crime

I visited two farms in South Worcestershire with Chief Constable Pippa Mills, last week.

It was amazing to see the work local farmers are doing first-hand to produce vital food and contribute to our rural economy.

As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am clear we need to do every more to support our rural communities to be safe and feel safe.

Want to find out how I am tackling rural crime?

Click here
Chief answers your questions

I held the Chief Constable to account on the issues that matter to you.

On Monday 30 January, I put your questions on police conduct and accountability and much more to Chief Constable Pippa Mills.

The meeting was live streamed on Facebook and can be viewed on catch-up.

Watch it here
Man guilty of theftJoby Pool, 32, of no fixed abode, appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court charged with criminal damage and two counts of theft.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and has been remanded in custody to appear at Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court on 14 March 2023 for sentencing.

The conviction is in relation to the theft of chocolate, including almost 200,000 Creme Eggs, from a unit in Stafford Park in Telford on 11 February 2023.  The chocolate is estimated to be worth around £40,000, and was recovered when officers stopped a vehicle on the M42 northbound.

Supporting Race Equality Week

It’s important that all police forces are inclusive and representative of the communities they serve.

To challenge the deep-rooted inappropriate behaviour still seen in our society today, national Race Equality Week was a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness and encourage people to do better.

Throughout the week, I along with officers and staff within my office and West Mercia Police took part in a range of activities, workshops and talks to educate and challenge our own behaviour.

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20 years of PSCOs

Celebrations recently took place to mark 20 years of PCSOs in West Mercia.

In West Mercia, there are 200 brilliant PCSOs who help to tackle anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime. They also support vulnerable and young people as well as being visible and accessible across our villages, towns and cities.

To celebrate this huge milestone an event took place at Hindlip, where I, along with Chief Constable Pippa Mills met with PCSOs from across the force to shine a light on the amazing work they do to build a safer West Mercia.

Find out more
In the heart of the community

As the voice of the public in policing, it’s important to me to hear what issues matter to you in your area.

On Thursday 9 February, I was in Oswestry with West Mercia Police and MP Helen Morgan listening and talking to residents about their local concerns.

Deputy PCC Marc Bayliss went along to Wythall residents’ meeting in North Worcestershire on Wednesday 15 February along with West Mercia Police’s Inspector Richard Field.

Both meetings were an opportunity to talk and listen to residents about the work going on in their areas to tackle crime and to also answer a range of questions on policing.

Have your say

Have your ever reported a crime you witnessed, or were a victim of, to the police? Or did you decide not to?

To build a safer West Mercia, it’s important I understand whether you feel confident reporting it to the police and if not, what barriers are stopping you.

You can make a difference by completing a short online survey covering your experience.

Get involved
I am hiring…

There are currently a number of brilliant opportunities to join my team, including;

Estates Assistant (Maintenance) – closes on Wednesday 22 February

Communications Officer – closes on Thursday 2 March

Gardener – closes on Thursday 2 March

Policy Officer – closes on Friday 3 March

If you are a motivated and passionate individual looking for a new challenge then visit the link below to find out more.

Apply here
Quick links

Improvements to facilities paws-itively received by four legged friends

Safer Internet Day 2023

West Mercia Police hosts its first ever Quality Policing Awards

Latest news stories

Want a weblink to the newsletter? Click here.

Budget to boost community policing in West Mercia

Update from Police and Crime Commissioner

I have secured the backing of the Police and Crime Panel to boost local policing in West Mercia, with additional resources which will make West Mercia safer.

My budget proposals for 2023/24 will see £14.3m more funding available for policing, delivering on your priorities.

Other areas of focus include bringing more offenders to justice, preventing crime and ensuring the journey for victims is improved through the use of technology.

Despite the significant increase in resources that is being made available to West Mercia Police, the significant demand and inflationary pressures mean that there is a budget deficit of £10.8m next year, that the Force are working on proposals to manage.

At a meeting on Friday 3 February, the Police and Crime Panel confirmed the precept will rise by 5.94%, or an extra 29p per week.

This will mean an average Band D household will pay £246.50 a year – the fourth lowest increase in council tax when compared to other PCCs since 2016.

Video explaining the budget for 2023/24
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West Mercia Police – Monthly fraud Bulletin – January 2023

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin


Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds



This is that time of year when the media is full of tempting offers of holidays at home and abroad. These may also be landing in your email Inbox as well.

But just remember this is also a marketplace exploited by the fraudsters and scammers as well.


These offers are many and various, and range from  fake caravan or motorhome listings to “too good to be true” offers for holidays, villa rentals and holiday lets, criminals use a variety of methods to trick the public into handing over their money and personal information.



  • Be suspicious of any “too good to be true” offers or prices – if it’s at a rock bottom price ask yourself why

  • Do your research before making any purchases by reading reviews of the site or person you’re purchasing from. Before booking accommodation ask what checks the agent makes on both the landlord and advertised property.

  • Verify that the address exists through web searches and online maps.

  • Where possible, book directly with an established hotel or through a reputable travel company/agent that is a member of a trade body such as ABTA or ATOL.

  • If you do decide to book independently, establish if you’re dealing with the property owner or a letting agent or via the local tourist information desk.

  • Ensure you read the terms and conditions before making any bookings to confirm exactly what you’re being sold. Double-check both your travel and accommodation information, particularly if there is a long gap between making the booking and arrival.

  • Always use the secure payment options recommended by reputable online travel providers

  • Where possible, use a credit card when making purchases over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75

  • Always access the website you’re purchasing from by typing it into your web browser, and be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails. The website should use the padlock symbol to indicate that the site is secure.

  • Don’t click on links or attachments in social media posts or emails

  • Question uninvited approaches and contact organisations directly to confirm requests using a known email or phone number

  • Only give out your personal or financial information to services you have consented to and are expecting to be contacted by


A further short reminder as we approach the deadline for self-assessment returns. This is the key time to be aware of messages, or even phone calls, claiming to be from HMRC.



·         Scammers may text or email people to tell them they are due a Tax Rebate from HMRC; this may also include a link that asks for personal details which can be used for further scams

·         Scammers are also using phone calls to gain people’s details

·         Automated phone calls may be used to say people owe tax, and arrest warrants may be issued by HMRC unless they pay the outstanding tax

·         Fake web pages have also been used which can copy the genuine HMRC website


Before you give out any personal details first consider:

·         Were you expecting to be contacted? Check it is HMRC really contacting you

·         Are you being pressured?  If the request is for an urgent money transfer or for personal details be very wary

·         Are you being threatened with arrest? HMRC will never call you and threaten arrest

·         Is it sounding too good to be true?  Are you really expecting a Tax rebate?

·         Is the website or email address genuine? Always double check these details if you are unsure. Some more refined scams may use official details and logos so be aware

·         Check your personal tax account online to see if there are any genuine messages

·         If you think it is a scam, report it to HMRC as soon as possible for further investigations





Take Five To Stop Fraud

  • STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

  • CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

  • PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam

and report it to Action Fraud

If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.


Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to For further information visit:



PCC newsletter – January 2023

Welcome to my January newsletter.

This month’s edition includes stories on holding to account, alcohol related incidents and new officers.

Keep reading to find out more…

Happy New Year !

I would like to wish you and your family a prosperous and happy New Year. I’m sure you will join me in expressing gratitude to the police officers and other emergency workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the festive period keeping us safe.

I know communities across West Mercia value and support their local police officers. As your Police and Crime Commissioner this gives me a huge sense of pride and I look forward to working with you to ensure your police force continues to deliver on the matters that mean the most to you in 2023.

Holding to account

Have you got a question on public confidence you want West Mercia Police’s Chief Constable to answer? Let me know!

On Monday 30 January, I will be putting questions the public submits to the Chief Constable in a live Facebook session from 6pm.Public confidence remains a central priority for the PCC as the communities of West Mercia need to have a police service they can both trust and rely on.

Find out more
Police budget for 2023/24

Thank you to everyone who completed my recent budget consultation.

More than 500 of you have helped to shape West Mercia Police’s budget for 2023/24.

I will share the results of the consultation on my website over the coming months.

Nitrous oxide

I recently took part in a BBC Hereford & Worcester interview on nitrous oxide with MP for Wyre Forest, Mark Garnier and West Mercia Police’s DCI Gerry Smith from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

The interview focused on nitrous oxide and its availability across the internet. Nos is the second most popular recreational drugs amongst young people and evidence of its use is regularly seen in public spaces.

During the interview, I talked about my commitment as Senior Responsible Officer for the local Combatting Drugs Partnership to tackle drugs and drive change in our society.

Keep a close eye on my social media channels to see when the interview will go live.

Confidence survey

As the voice of the public in policing, I really value hearing about your views, experiences and confidence in West Mercia Police.

In the latest public perceptions survey, residents and victims had their say on the force.

I am reassured to see confidence in the police remains high with more than 80% of respondents confident they would receive a good service.

The increase in police officer numbers, I have funded and championed, is also being positively received with over half of respondents saying they are satisfied with the level of policing in their area.

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Alcohol related incidents are down across West Mercia 

The latest statistics have shown that alcohol related incidents have decreased across West Mercia by 8%. This is reassuring to see as it continues my commitment to make West Mercia a safer place to both live and work.

This month I attended the Reset launch event with Shropshire Council and other partners to talk about a new and innovative project the focuses on tackling alcohol addiction in the community. I will continue to support project and services like this to help support the communities of West Mercia and tackle alcohol related incidents.

Welcoming 40 new recruits

I had the pleasure of meeting 40 new recruits beginning their policing journey with West Mercia Police.

The students are taking part in the Degree Holder Entry Programme and within a year will be patrolling on a street near you, keeping you and your family safe.

Each student brings with them a wealth of experience and knowledge and are great additions to the growing West Mercia family.

Latest Safer West Mercia podcast episode

In the latest episode of my Safer West Mercia Podcast I sat down with Pete Martin from Redditch Self Defence to talk about how his workshops are helping young people turn away from knife related crime.

As your PCC I will continue to support projects of this kind to help tackle knife crime at the root and give young people a way out

Find out more about the project below.

Find out more
Public correspondence 

I am committed to giving you the opportunity to have your voice heard. Over the last year I have received over 500 pieces of correspondence from you the public covering a range of topics including road safety, local policing, ASB and plenty more.

Do you have a  question or concern? You can find a range of ways to contact my office in the link below.

How to contact
I am hiring…

I am looking for two Assistant Policy Officers and a Senior Finance Officer to join my team.

If you are a motivated and passionate individual looking for a new challenge then visit the link below to find out more.

Apply here
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PCC welcomes funding boost to support victims of domestic abuse

£490,000 Government funding secured for crime prevention

Job vacancies

Latest news stories

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Monthly Fraud & Scam Bulletin – December 2022

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin

December  2022

Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds

Criminals are still using the cost of living crisis to scam the public

– do not become a victim –

Action Fraud are repeating their warning about cost of living scams in the lead up to Christmas

So once again we are encouraging members of the public to be extra vigilant against fraud, especially in sharing your personal and financial details with people you do not know. Do not let the fraudsters cash in on the cost of living crisis,

and please make sure you share this message with any friends and family who may be more vulnerable.

Common scams that are still circulating right now include:

·         Energy Bill Rebates

·         Cost of Living Payments

·         Fuel Vouchers, Phone Bill discounts and Supermarket offers

·         Fake Investment opportunities

Also beware of Non-Delivery and Non-Payment Scams.

·         Non–Delivery Scam means a buyer pays in advance for goods or services online but those items are never received

·         Non-Payment Scam means the seller sends goods sold via an online sales site but the seller never gets paid

Remember that criminals are expert at gaining your confidence and impersonating Government Agencies, Utility companies, Businesses and the Police.

As stated before, If it looks too good to be true it probably is.

Always be aware, and do not let Fraudsters and Scammers ruin your Christmas.





Criminals are turning to more sophisticated ways to take your money, whether through online offers, emails or telephone calls. Can you outsmart them?

Test your own ability on Take 5  – follow this link – Are you scam-savvy? – Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk)




Take Five To Stop Fraud

  • STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

  • CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

  • PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam

and report it to Action Fraud

If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.


Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to 


For further information visit: