Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner to Speak at University Debate

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Worcester citizens are invited to attend a live ‘Question Time’ style event at the University next month, to discuss crime and the Criminal Justice System in the local area.

In April 2013, Bill Longmore, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) introduced the ‘Police and Crime Plan’ for the region. This event will provide locals with the opportunity to find out about its progress to date.

The Deputy PCC, Barrie Sheldon, will take questions at the event, and he will be joined by a distinguished panel from the Criminal Justice sector.

Members of the public are invited to attend and question Mr Sheldon and the panel on issues related to criminal justice, crime and punishment, and policing.

Mr Sheldon will be joined by Chief Superintendent Amanda Blakeman, West Mercia Police; Mr Harry Ireland, Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service West Midlands; Mr Philip Kendrick, Head of Commissioning for West Mercia Youth Offending Service; Mr Les King Deputy Head of Services, Worcestershire Probation Service and The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Pat Agar.

John Ryan MBE, the University of Worcester’s Secretary & Pro Vice Chancellor will chair the evening, which has been organised by Ruth Jones OBE as part of the work of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse.

The debate will take place on Friday 7th March 2014, 5.30pm in the Cotswold Suite at the University’s St John’s Campus. It will be free to attend, and those interested are invited to book a place as an audience member online at

All questions can be submitted in advance, also here.