PCC Blog: Merry Christmas and thank you for your support in 2016
First things first: Merry Christmas to each and every one of you
and here's to a happy and healthy 2017.
This year has flown by but, looking back, there have been so
many highlights and achievements along the way.
On a personal level, being re-elected back in May with the
highest mandate outside of London was incredibly humbling. Thank
you to all who voted and put their confidence in me.
My main election promise throughout the campaign was the
recruitment of more police officers and I'm now delivering on that.
The recruitment of 800 officers has now begun, with more than 3,000
people from all walks of life applying for the posts. The
recruitment of 200 specialist support staff and 150 PCSOs will soon
follow - and I'm sure we can all agree this is great news for the
One of the things I'm most proud of is changing the law
surrounding zombie knives. For 12 months, I led a campaign to get
these vile weapons removed from our shops and streets and I finally
achieved a nationwide ban in August. This moment was particularly
poignant as I felt we broke new ground in what PCCs can
Another pioneering moment was my public hearing into the
unacceptable 24-hour delays on the M6 that brought the region to a
standstill and saw patients unable to get to hospital, people
missing funerals and pregnant women trapped in cars for hours at a
time. I decided to step in and do something about and brought all
the relevant parties together to thrash out the issues and come up
with improvements. A follow-up meeting was held this week and you
can read more about it further in this newsletter.
These are just a handful of the achievements we've clocked
up in 2016 and I'm confident there's many more to come in 2017. The
hard work has only just begun and the future is looking bright for
the West Midlands and its outstanding police force.
Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you
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