Police and Crime Commissioner urges people to get involved in consultation on the future of governance of West Midlands Police
consultation has started on the future leadership of West
Midlands Police from 2020 that will run until Friday 11 January
2019. The consultation will examine the principle of moving
leadership of the police force from a directly elected
Police and Crime Commissioner, to a Mayor with many other
The Police and Crime Commissioner is urging people to get
involved and make their views known. Click
here to get involved.
The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for strategic
leadership of the force, setting the budget and appointing and
dismissing the Chief Constable amongst many policing
The Commissioner has a decision making role in the merger
process. He will be considering the consultation
closely andwants the public and police service to be aware of
some of the concerns and potential issues around merging the roles
of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Mayor.
- Insufficient attention being paid to the service and
it being subordinate to transport and other
responsibilities of the Mayor.
- Insufficient protections for West Midlands Police service from
being exposed to local government politics.
- The Mayor has previously failed to pass his council tax
precept through the Combined Authority Board. The current
police precept raises around£100 million a year towards the
- There is also a risk of funds intended solely for policing
being diverted into other projects, as
the Combined Authority's finance lead will also be in
charge of West Midlands Police's budget.
- The force will have new restrictions on its borrowing. Meaning
essential investments could be blocked ahead of Coventry City of
Culture and the Commonwealth Games.
- The Combined Authority have already confirmed they
believe there to be little scope for savings from the merger
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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
also raised some concerns on the potential merger:
"I'm deeply concerned that this plan, whilst harmless on the
surface, could lead to financial chaos for West Midlands
"I'm worried that funds intended for the police may end up being
spent on Mayoral projects and that could lead to officer numbers
falling even further.
"I also fear that the merger may cost more than current
arrangements, as the Mayor's salary will have to be inflated and
the un-elected Deputy Mayor for Policing will be paid a large
"The leadership of our force is a full time job that requires a
laser like focus. I'm worried that a Mayor with many other
responsibilities won't pay proper attention to the police and an
un-elected Deputy Mayor won't have the clout to challenge the
police. With the cuts we've faced that's a profound
"West Midlands Police has a smaller budget than Greater
Manchester Police, but has more officers. That's because of the
efficiencies I've driven and the intensive work put in. A Mayor
just won't have the time to focus on our police.
"Policing is too important to be a part time job.
"I will almost certainly be retiring at the next election. This
is not about me, it is about doing what is right for
the police service and the public.
"I have many concerns and will be examining the consultation
very closely as I make my final decision."
In March, after further consultation on the details of such a
merger the Mayor of the West Midlands, local council leaders and
Police and Crime Commissioner will all have to agree to any
Get involved with the consultation and make your views known