A look back at the first two years
22 November marked the second
anniversary of Police and Crime Commissioners taking office.
Reflecting on the changes to policing in the West Midlands over the
past two years, Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
described how he is developing and in many ways continuing with the
approach to the role developed by the late Commissioner, Bob
"When my friend and colleague the late Bob Jones took office on
22 November 2012, he began immediately to introduce a governance
structure that enables a diverse population of nearly three million
to influence the local priorities for West Midlands Police."
Local Policing and Crime Boards
Local Policing and Crime Boards (LPCBs) in each local authority
area were set up as part of Bob Jones' commitment to community-led
decision making. The LPCBs use local knowledge and
consultation to identify and set local policing priorities.
Funding grants support the LPCBs to address local priorities.
David said: "The boards consult locally to ensure that
funding decisions are based on sound evidence of need. The PCC's
office has a role in overseeing the boards' decisions so that the
public can be satisfied that allocations and expenditure are
transparent and fair."
Young people are more likely to be both victims of crime or
become involved in criminal activity. In each local authority area,
two Youth Commissioners were elected by their peers. David
said: "Their role is to be the voice of young people.
They go out and actively engage with other young people. The
concerns and priorities that they report back are used to influence
and inform our planning and priority setting". West Midlands
Youth Commissioners carry out their duties on a voluntary
Services for Victims
In April 2015, the PCC will launch West Midlands Victim
Services, providing support and information to all victims and
making sure specialist help is provided when needed - these
services will help victims to cope and recover from the impact of
crime. David said: "As part of our victim strategy, we
are working closely with West Midlands Police and voluntary,
community and partner agencies across the force area to support the
development of the victim commission." The commission will be
the advisory body to the PCC in respect of local
In October 2013, the late Bob Jones launched the recruitment
drives for 50 Police Community Support Officers and 50 new special
constables. Of the 50 special constables, 12 were recruited to the
Safer Travel Police Team, which carries out regular reassurance and
intelligence-led patrols on public transport and organises regular
operations to target criminals who operate on public
transport. We have also recruited staff who can free officers
to more operational roles.
In 2014, recruitment of 450 police constables began. David
Jamieson said: "After nearly four years without any new
officers, it was a great opportunity to infuse the force with new
skills and experience. I was delighted to meet the high
calibre officer recruits at the start of their training. They
will also help to make the force more representative of the diverse
communities it serves."
Responding to "hidden crimes"
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) and more effective joint
working are pivotal in David's determination to tackle issues such
as Child Sexual Exploitation and other "hidden crimes". The hubs
allow a better flow of information and partnership working to
protect vulnerable individuals. David Jamieson has supported an
increase in officers tasked with tackling serious and hidden
crimes, with 800 officers now dedicated to the Public Protection
In July 2014, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary rated West
Midlands Police's management of our £146 million saving requirement
as 'outstanding'. Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne
Mosquito said: 'This report gives the recognition rightly deserved
by the Chief Constable and the Force for the excellent work they
have done to meet the financial challenge faced by the West
Midlands. We have been disproportionately affected by the
cuts to police funding made by this Government making the report's
findings even more worthy of note."
Stop and Search
The Police and Crime Commissioner is continuing with the stop
and search action plan developed by the Force and Bob Jones.
It includes refresher training for over 5000 officers, the
introduction of electronic recording, development of 10 Stop and
Search Scrutiny Panels across the Force, as well as compliance with
the national Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme. Work is
underway to improve how Force intelligence supports use of stop and
David Jamieson said: "Since Bob Jones took up office,
there have been great strides in this area, which I am keen to
continue. We are working with West Midlands Police to develop
a public online map-based interface for the publication of stop and
Innovation and Integration Partnership: Accenture and West
As soon as he took office in 2012, Bob Jones decided that to
ensure the police can meet the public's expectations, and provide
the best possible service efficiently and effectively, it would be
necessary to build a partnership with an external organisation.
The Innovation and Integration Partnership is a collaboration
between West Midlands Police and Accenture to improve how police
work, particularly by harnessing the potential of new
technology. The partnership is working to set out what
policing will look like in 2020, and support the steps we need to
take to get us there. It will help to maintain and improve
services while responding to continued financial pressure and the
need to save an anticipated £125 million over the next five
David Jamieson said: "The decisions to select Accenture as the
partner were taken prior to my election as PCC, but I am committed
to the programme and will ensure the Innovation and Integration
Partnership is accountable and transparent".
Consolidation of the police estate
Following an extensive review of the central Birmingham estate,
proposals were agreed to refurbish Police Head Quarters Lloyd
House. The refurbishment will create cost effective working
spaces where people will be able to work flexibly. It will
include the creation of a modern, public-facing police station.
There will be budget savings from allowing the leases on other
accommodation to be end.
A wider review of the West Midlands Police estate is also
underway. David said: "The two year review will ensure
that the force's buildings are fit for purpose and meet the needs
of local communities. It will look at issues such as: how the
force uses buildings, the operational 'fit', the condition of
buildings, the long term cost of maintaining buildings, and
opportunities which may exist for sharing facilities with
Keeping Crime Low
The last two years have seen the lowest crime levels since the
introduction of modern crime recording. David's Police and
Crime plan will maintain this focus on protecting people from crime
and reducing reoffending.