Police Commissioner candidate pledges public consultation on Local Policing in Shropshire
Adrian Blackshaw, the Conservative candidate for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, has pledged support for Local Policing. He said "If elected, one of my first actions will be to carry out a comprehensive consultation with the public throughout Shropshire, to seek their views on any proposed changes to Local Policing arrangements."
Under an “Alliance Blueprint5”, developed as part of the cooperation between West Mercia and Warwickshire’s police forces, there will be five Territorial Policing Units (TPU's) for West Mercia, each led by a Superintendent. These five TPU's will be in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, North Worcestershire and South Worcestershire.
The Chief Constable of West Mercia David Shaw said of these changes "The Alliance design provides, innovative, effective and efficient ways of policing to ensure the protection of the public is maximised."5
Local Policing Teams will concentrate on emergency response and crime reduction in their communities, by focusing on communications, local engagement, and managing and monitoring offenders. The teams will be supported by other officers and staff who will be involved in patrol, crime investigation and forensics.
Other services such as police-only front counters, will also be reviewed as the police service improves its use of technology. In order to better engage with local people and communities multi-agency 'one-stop' shops and mobile stations will be considered.
Adrian Blackshaw stressed, "I welcome the Alliance Blueprint. In particular I am a great supporter of the current mix of Local Policing Teams with Police Officers, Community Support Officers and Special Constables. I am keen to build on the Olympic’s inspired interest in volunteering by exploring the potential for more community based Special Constables. I will also do my utmost to protect and support current levels of funding for Community Support Officers."
Mr Blackshaw concluded: "It will also be important for us to consider any innovative ways in which additional funding for policing might be realised through joint working with other partner agencies within Shropshire. I also want to emphasize that there are no plans in place to privatize policing services which deal directly with the public and this is a position which I fully endorse and support."