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West Mercia Police


West Mercia Police provides policing services to the areas of Herefordshire Shropshire, Telford and the Wrekin and Worcestershire. The police force area covers 2,860 square miles in the west of England. There are areas of deprivation and areas of affluence in West Mercia. Around 1.2 million people live in a predominantly rural setting. It has a number of relatively small urban areas that include the cities of Worcester, Hereford and Telford. The resident population is increased by university students and the large numbers who visit or travel through the area each year.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for West Mercia
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Wales and Western region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which West Mercia Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which West Mercia Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

The extent to which West Mercia Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which West Mercia Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of West Mercia Police’s performance this year, including where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in West Mercia

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.






Key facts

Force Area

2,860 square miles


1.24m people 6% local 10 yr change


75% frontline 78% national level
3.0 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
16% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.04 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


45p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Police and crime plan priorities

Strategic aims:

  1. To ensure an efficient and effective police service is delivered
  2. To reduce crime and disorder
  3. To protect communities from harm
  4. To provide a strong and powerful voice for the people and victims of crime
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A summary of the Police and Crime Plan objectives are listed below:

  • Providing an effective local policing model
  • Reducing violent crime, especially alcohol related
  • Reducing the harm caused by drugs
  • Reducing anti social behaviour
  • Reducing reoffending
  • Addressing business and rural crime
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Supporting victims and witnesses
  • Reducing road casualties
  • Engaging with communities
  • Meeting the Strategic Policing Requirement

The objectives are not solely the responsibility of the police. Partners provide a significant contribution in support of these objectives.

West Mercia PCC

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John-Paul Campion

West Mercia Police


Chief Constable David Shaw, appointed in August 2011

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