New Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner proposed
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
announced the nomination of Ashley Bertie to become Deputy Police
and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.
Ashley, 27, has served for three years as an Assistant
His nomination will go forward to the West Midlands Police and
Crime Panel for consideration at its next meeting. Deputy Police
and Crime Commissioner appointments have to be confirmed by the
The Commissioner has also appointed Waheed Saleem to become an
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner. Councillor Dr
Lynnette Kelly is leaving her post as Assistant Police and Crime
Commissioner and her role on the Strategic Policing and Crime
Board. The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner changes
will come into effect on 1st June.
Ashley's nomination and Waheed's appointment follows an open
selection process and interview.
Ashley Bertie is set to become the youngest Deputy Police and
Crime Commissioner in the country.
David Jamieson said, "I am pleased to announce Ashley's
nomination to become the Deputy Police and Crime
Commissioner. He has worked as an Assistant PCC for three
years, achieving much on police use of Stop and Search and the
Gangs & Violence Commission. He will continue to ensure
the voice of young people is heard loud and clear.
"Waheed has made a huge contribution to West Midlands Police
with his work on our change programme and building partnerships
with businesses. I know that as an Assistant Police and Crime
Commissioner he will continue that work and much more.
"I am grateful to Cllr Dr Kelly for her work with us, and wish
her well in for the future."
Proposed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner,
Ashley Bertie said, "I am delighted to be given this
opportunity. I will be focussing on tackling the rise of violent
crime on our streets.
"I have championed the voice of young people and I will continue
to do so. As well as giving all members of our community a voice,
we also need to give them opportunities. I will be focusing on
expanding mentoring schemes and initiatives to break the cycle of
violence and keep people safe."
Waheed Saleem said, "I am looking forward to starting my new
role. I am passionate about working with businesses to ensure they
give young people the opportunities they deserve. This will also
lead to greater prosperity and reduce crime.
"Using my experience gained by serving on the Strategic Policing
and Crime Board, I will continue to take an active role supporting
David Jamieson in holding West Midlands Police to account."