PCC calls on Home Secretary to match fund £2 million
The Police and Crime Commissioner is meeting the Home
Secretary tomorrow to call for the government to match fund
£2 million investment aimed at tackling gangs and
David Jamieson will be joined in Parliament by a group of
cross party MPs from the West Midlands.
The PCC and the MPs all share a concern about the level of
violent crime in the region.
Mr Jamieson will tell Sajid Javid that he is already funding
youth workers in A&E units to spot people caught up in gang
violence, knife crime awareness sessions in schools and gang
negotiators to help deescalate tensions, but that more support is
needed to help keep people safe.
The Home Office announced in April a
Serious Violence Strategy would be supported by some
The Commissioner is campaigning to ensure the West Midlands
receives its fair share.
The money will help expand the delivery of projects to reduce
violence in the West Midlands.
Speaking ahead of the meeting with the Home Secretary, the
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said:
"I will be highlighting the important work we are already doing in
the West Midlands to tackle the problem of gangs and
"It is important the Home Secretary is aware what is
happening already and what more he urgently needs to
"I will also be asking Mr Javid to invest in the safety of
people in our region by matching my £2 million
"That funding will help to expand the planned projects to
tackle violent crime, make our communities safer and give young
people the opportunities they deserve.
"In want the government to invest in keeping the communities
of the West Midlands safe."
In the year ending March 2018 West Midlands Police recorded
57,712 crimes involving violence against the person. An increase of
18% on the previous year.
Ian Austin MP has been instrumental in bringing together the
delegation of MPs, he said: "Police funding has been slashed in the
West Midlands and we've seen the results - increased violent crime
and gang violence.
"I will be joining the PCC's call to get our fair share of
funding from the Home Office so we can tackle the tough issues on
"As well as responding to crimes we need to be taking
preventative action and give young people the opportunities they
The West Midlands has seen the biggest increase in knife
crime outside of London, as highlighted in the Serious Violence
The force recorded 672 'gun crime' offences in 2017 up 15%
from 584 in 2016.