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Today’s statistics show crime is increasing across the country.

The West Midlands Police force area has seen total recorded crime (excluding fraud) rise by 11%, compared to an 8% rise (excluding fraud) across England and Wales.

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has called for a change in approach from the government on police funding, he said: “These statistics show crime is rising across the country and they prove that the West Midlands is sadly not immune.

“The government seems to be finally acknowledging that its cuts to policing have gone too far, but it still hasn’t pledged to increase police budgets in the long-term.

“These statistics should be a wake-up call for the government to ensure it gives police forces the funding they all require.

“Rather than continuing to reduce officer numbers beyond the 2,000 we have already lost in the West Midlands, it should start increasing resources so we can fight crime to the level the public expects.

“I continue to have concerns about the increase in violent crime which has risen significantly in the West Midlands. That is why I am investing £2 million to tackle the root causes. I am introducing a raft of preventative measure to reduce violence on our streets. For example I am employing mediators to deescalate violence between gangs and I am also expanding knife crime awareness sessions in classrooms across the region.

“Despite the financial challenges we face, we are determined to get on with the job of keeping the people of the West Midlands safe and we are taking tough action. With more resources from the government and more officers we could do much more.”

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