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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