It’s the most important document of my term of office, setting out my priorities, aims and ambitions for the West Midlands – finally, after months of hard work and consultation with the public and partners, my Police and Crime Plan is here.
This is the document that sets out exactly what I want to see in the West Midlands: whether that’s fewer people killed on our roads, more support for victims or extra bobbies on the beat.
It’s also the document I use to hold the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police to account, ensuring the force is delivering the services the people of the West Midlands deserve.
The plan covers my entire term of office up to 2020 and headline features include a renewed focus on young people, reducing re-offending, tackling mental ill health and supporting the West Midlands economy.
During my consultation with the public, road safety came top of people’s list of concerns so I have made sure my plan addresses that, with a commitment to see fewer people killed on the roads.
There is also a target to crackdown on the number of ‘hidden crimes’ taking place in the West Midlands. These are crimes that often take place behind closed doors, such as child abuse or domestic violence, but I am determined to bring them out of the shadows and into the light to tackle them head on.
I also want to make sure West Midlands Police is ready to take on complex threats such as cyber crime and child sexual exploitation. To help achieve this aim, I am delivering on my promise to recruit 200 specialist staff to support officers. Recruitment is also now open for 800 new police officers who will help support the aims of my plan across the board. The recruitment of 150 PCSOs will soon follow.
Every PCC in the country is required by law to have a Police and Crime Plan and mine is split into seven sections: Protecting from Harm; Supporting Victims; Building Trust and Confidence in Our Police; Strengthening Communities and Growing the Economy; Building a Modern Police Service; Standing Up For Young People; Tackling National and International Threats.
If you’d like to read the plan, click here.
My Police and Crime Plan will result in a safer and stronger West Midlands and I would like to thank everyone who has helped shape it along the way.
800 new police officers hitting the beat in the West Midlands
PCC David Jamieson & Ass PCC Ashley Bertie with the latest recruits
More bobbies on the beat was the main election promise for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson – a promise that is now coming to fruition.
Recruitment of an extra 800 officers for West Midlands Police has now opened.
This will be followed by 200 new specialist staff to support officers and free them up for other duties and 150 new PCSOs to make our communities safer.
West Midlands Police started taking applications for the new PCs on November 21. There were more than 11,000 expressions of interest for the 800 positions.
One of the main aims for the PCC is for West Midlands Police to look more like the communities it serves with a diverse mix of staff. The region’s population is 29 per cent BME, however only nine per cent of WMP officers are from these backgrounds.
David Jamieson said: “I want people from all backgrounds to apply to be police officers and make the force look more like the communities it serves.
“It is so important to me that we harness the talents of all the people of the West Midlands.
“The benefits of a representative force are many. Officers who can speak a second language or have an innate understanding of certain communities are invaluable in the fight against crime.”
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson added: “Policing is challenging and rewarding. As a constable you’ll get to learn new skills, meet new people and you’ll never know what to expect − each day is different. Our officers are key to delivering our vision of preventing crime, while protecting the public and helping those in need.
“The area we police is diverse, with around 30 per cent of local people coming from ethnic minority backgrounds. We want our force to reflect that and it is key that communities know that we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“We have already made significant steps on recruitment. BME officers now make up nearly a third of our current recruits and we are hopeful that the next phase of recruitment builds on this so that West Midlands Police is representative of the many different cultures it serves.”
West Midlands Police is the second largest police force in England and is currently undergoing a significant programme aimed at modernising the service. It covers 348 square miles and serves a population of almost 2.8 million, responding to more than 2,000 calls for help daily.
Staff vacancies can be found here: http://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/
“A major disappointment to the people of West Midlands” – PCC gives his verdict on Autumn Statement
The Chancellor has delivered his Autumn Statement, indicating there will be no extra spending on police budgets.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson described the news as a ‘major disappointment’ for West Midlands Police and the people it serves.
He said: “The Chancellor has indicated that departmental spending will not increase.
“At a time when crime is changing and not falling that will be a major disappointment to the people of the West Midlands.
“Last year, local police forces faced real terms funding cuts of 2.3 per cent. For West Midlands Police, that equated to a further £2.5 million cut on top of the £125 million already cut since 2010.
“This Autumn Statement does not offer any respite.”
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