PCC responds to the latest crime statistics
Today's statistics show crime is increasing nationally and
locally. The West Midlands Police Force area has seen total
recorded crime (excluding fraud) rise by 10%, similar to the 8%
rise across England and Wales.
The PCC has called for a change in approach from the
government on police funding.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
"These statistics show crime is continuing to rise in the
West Midlands and the entirety of England and Wales. This further
emphasises the need for more police resources which I have been
consistently campaigning on.
"I continue to have concerns about the increase in violent
crime which has risen significantly in the West Midlands. That is
why I am investing £2 million to tackle the root causes of violent
"I am doing all I can to drive efficiencies. I am cutting
down on bureaucracy and giving officers the technology to do their
job on the move, so they don't have to come back to a police
building unnecessarily. These efficiencies are helping officers
spend more time tackling crime and keeping people
"However West Midlands Police has faced £175 million in
central government cuts since 2010. Despite being recognised by
independent inspectors as a highly efficient force, we have lost
over 2,000 officers since 2010, meaning we are having to do more
"These figures highlight the government's short-sighted
approach by continuing to apply real-terms cuts to police forces'
funding at a time when the pressures on policing are increasing.
This is hampering proactive policing that prevents
"Even with the challenges we face, we are determined to get
on with the job of keeping the people of the West Midlands safe and
we are taking tough action. For example the force's operation to
tackle organised vehicle thefts has yielded nearly 1,000 arrests
since the Autumn. With more resources from the government and more
officers we could do even more.
"Despite warm words from the government we only received a
standstill budget this year. The government needs to take note of
these statistics and give forces like West Midlands Police the
resources we need. These figures are testament to the need for more
Police Force Area
England and Wales
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