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West Mercia- Police and crime commissioner to take over youth offending service

One of the largest youth offending services in the country is set to be handed over to a police and crime commissioner in the first arrangement of its kind.

West Mercia youth offending service, which was formed following a merger of the youth offending teams of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in 2012, will be transferred to West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) next April.

Worcestershire County Council, currently hosting the service, said the move will save money through economies of scale, while at the same time "strengthening links with the police and other regional and national criminal justice partners".

A report by Worcestershire Council on the plans states that transferring it to the police and crime commissioner will ensure that the service is "able to deliver the best possible performance and quality within a climate of reducing resources for all partners".