BROMSGROVE and Rubery residents should feel nothing is too trivial for the police – that’s the message from the new Chief Constable of West Mercia, Anthony Bangham.
Promising a stronger, more compassionate and confident police force the new Chief Constable said he wanted people to be able to approach him and talk to him about any problem they may have.
“There’s a lot of fear of crime throughout West Mercia, so I really want install more confidence in the community,” he said.
“The facts are that most people in West Mercia will not become a victim of crime and that is something we want to reinforce to make people feel safe and secure,” he added.
And he assured the community there were no plans to merge West Mercia with Warwickshire Police but said their close partnership allowed the forces to access further resources should a major incident occur.
The threat of terrorism is something which is hitting hard on social media but Chief Con Bangham said there were strategies in place to deal with potential threats or incidents.
Another hot topic across the region is immigration, particularly given the region’s extensive motorway network.
“Our concern is for human welfare,” he said. “Many of these people come through in refrigerator lorries and are putting their lives at risk.
“They are often vulnerable people who are susceptible to crime and trafficking. “
He said his overall plan for West Mercia involved establishing good relationships with the public and the media and make sure residents feel safe a secure throughout the region.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, who appointed Mr Bangham as the new Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, said he was the right man to deliver ‘exceptional leadership’ moving forward.
The Commissioner’s nomination was ratified by West Mercia’s Police and Crime Panel following a competitive recruitment process.
Mr Campion said: “There is a big challenge ahead to transform the force, making it more modern, responsive and visible and it will require exceptional leadership to lead the organisation through this process and make the most of new opportunities.
“I am confident that working with Anthony we will drive through these positive reforms that will undoubtedly benefit West Mercia’s officers and staff, and provide a better service to local communities as well.”
Chief Con Bangham replaces David Shaw who officially retired from the role last month.