West Midlands PCC alerts new MPs to police funding challenge
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson today
congratulated the area's 28 Members of Parliament on their
successful election campaigns.
PCC David Jamieson's letter highlighted the significant
funding challenge faced by West Midlands Police.
On this issue, PCC David Jamieson said:
"West Midlands Police lost £105,197,835 to their budget between
2010/11 and 2015/16. In real terms, West Midlands Police budget
fell by £140,587,424 in that period.
"This means that we have 1,746 fewer officers and 585 fewer
police staff than in 2010.
"Our police force is at risk of further cuts as the funding
formula, the way in which funding is distributed between local
police forces, is being reconfigured.
"It is important to understand that crime is changing, not
falling. West Midlands Police is facing more complex threats than
ever before and should receive the resources it needs to deal with
"If the new funding formula continues to be developed, I am
hopeful that we can work together to stand up for fair funding on
behalf of our constituents and our police force."