The Police Authority regularly monitors the performance of West Mercia Police to ensure that the chief officers of the Force are delivering on the objectives agreed within the joint local policing plan and that an effective police service is being provided. Click on the link below to see the performance measures in the 2012-2015 Joint Policing Plan.
The coalition government aims to reduce bureaucracy in policing and has abolished many of the national targets and measures police forces were once judged on, however all forces are still subject to external scrutiny.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) carries out assessments of police forces and policing activity with the aim of encouraging improvement. Inspection reports published by HMIC can be found on their website. Also on their website is the 'Crime and Policing Comparator', an online tool bringing together data from all 43 police forces across England and Wales for the past three years, which enables members of the public to explore the raw data in one place or interactively draw graphs of their choice.HMIC
The role of the Home office in the new policing landscape will be to set the legal, structural, financial and accountability framework within which the police and community safety partnerships operateHome Office
Local Crime Statistics
You can find out more information about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area by visiting www.police.uk the latest development of the government's crime mapper initiative, giving the public greater access to local crime information across England and Wales. The site which is owned and operated by the National Policing Improvement Agency, aims to support the government's transparency agenda and make the police service more accountable to local communities.
The site shows crime information from the past month in six categories as dots on a street map. The dots. known as 'snap points', are fixed at neutral locations and represent the approximate location of where the crime or incident has happened.
All crimes are expected to be shown on the website but grouped into six categories to protect people's privacy and ensure more sensitive crimes are not attributed to a particular area. The crime categories are:
On the site users will also be able to access details of their local policing teams and forthcoming neighbourhood meetings and events with information pulled from the West Mercia Police website. Using a simple postcode search, members of the public can access an overview of crime in their neighbourhood and then zoom into street level crime.Police.UK