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The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Yvonne Mosquito, recently attended a ceremony to rename the Blakenhall Community Centre as the Bob Jones Community Hub.

The ceremony included a celebration of Bob’s life including speeches from those who knew him as the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, a local councillor and a member of his community. Local residents who regularly use the Community Hub were also on hand to provide a wide range of entertainment, including bagpipes and a local dance group.

At the end of the ceremony a plaque commemorating Bob was unveiled by the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and several members of Bob’s family including his widow Sarah.

Bob Jones Hub

Councillor Elias Mattu, Deputy PCC Yvonne Mosquito and Bob Jones’ step-grandaughter, Emma.

Bob was the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, elected on November 15 2012 and served in the role until his untimely death on July 1 2014.

He was born and bred in Wolverhampton and he never lived more than a mile from where he was born, except when studying for his degree in Nottingham (BA (Hons) Public Administration).

Bob served as a Labour Councillor from 1980 to 2013 for Blakenhall in Wolverhampton.  He held responsibilities as Chair of Education, Finance, and Youth Committees plus many others as Wolverhampton City Councillor, including chairing Wolverhampton Community Safety Partnership.

He was previously a member of West Midlands Police Authority from 1986 to 2012, and chaired the Authority from 1995-2000.  Bob served as a member of the Association of Police Authorities (APA) where he was Deputy Chairman from 2004-2005 and Chairman from 2005-2009.  He was also a member of the National Policing Board, National Criminal Justice Board and Senior Appointment Panel.  He was also a member of the service authorities for the National Crime Squad (NCS) and National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), and chaired the disciplinary committee for both authorities. He was also a member of the College of Policing board and Chair of the Employer Side of the Police Staff Council.

Deputy West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said,

“Bob was a dear friend and an excellent public servant. His commitment to policing and helping those in need was remarkable.

“He wasn’t just a friend but a mentor as well. One of things that made Bob one of a kind was how generous he was with his time. No task was too large, complex or difficult. He was a man of great principles, but crucially a great listener too. He never lost touch with the people he sought to serve.”

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