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Police stand up – and stand out – for equality

Aug 15 2016

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       LGBT Network chairman PC Gary Stack with PCC David Jamieson and L…


Amended 'zombie knives' law to come into force

Aug 15 2016

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The amended law banning the sale of 'zombie knives' comes into force this week.

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Knives, pistols and live military-grade ammunition left in weapon surrender bins across Birmingham and the Black Country

Aug 11 2016

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More than 100 live rifle rounds were found in a weapon surrender bin in Wolverhampton.


Assistant PCC visits The What? Centre in Stourbridge

Aug 9 2016

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Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Judy Foster visited The What? Centre in Stourbridge …


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Election 2016

Police and Crime Commissioners are directly elected by voters.  The last election for a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner took place on Thursday 5 May 2016. David Jamieson was elected with 306,578 votes.

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The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is the local governing body for policing in our area. The PCC has an over-arching duty to secure an effective and efficient police force.  The PCC has three main roles, which are to:

- Set the priorities for policing

- Decide the budget for West Midlands Police

- Hold the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police to account

More information on PCCs can be found here

More about the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner must ensure an efficient and effective police force in our area.

They set the priorities for the Force, decide the budget, and hold the Chief Constable to account.

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In order to fulfil these roles, the PCC has a range of powers and responsibilities, including:

  • The production of a Police and Crime Plan
  • Setting the policing precept
  • The appointment and, if necessary, the dismissal the Chief Constable
  • Can make Crime and Disorder Reduction Grants
  • Oversight in how complaints against the police are managed
  • Duties relating to national criminal threats, safeguarding of children, and consulting the public
  • Roles in ensuring the effectiveness of the wider criminal justice system

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