PCC response to 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 11%, compared to a 7% rise
(excluding fraud) across England and Wales.
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner has called for a
change in approach from the government on police funding.
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie,
"These statistics show crime is continuing to rise in the West
Midlands and across England and Wales. This further emphasises the
need for a long term funding solution for police forces, which we
have been consistently campaigning on. These statistics should be a
wake-up call for the government to ensure they give policing the
funding it needs.
"I continue to have concerns about the increase in violent crime
which has risen significantly in the West Midlands. That is why we
are investing £2 million to tackle the root causes of violent
crime, rolling out youth workers into A & E departments and
investing in schemes to divert young people away from crime.
"We are doing all we can to drive efficiencies. We are 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.
"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 with
"These figures highlight the government's short-sighted approach
to policing and the need for a long term funding solution for
forces like West Midlands Police. Whilst short term funding for
overtime is welcome, it will not help us to recruit a single extra
"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 increased long term funding
for policing and crucially for services to support young people
which have been devastated over recent years.
"The government promised funding to help increase the capacity of
Violence Reduction Units. We are still waiting for that to
materialise in the West Midlands. The government needs to put that
funding in place as soon as possible. We are ready to scale-up our
violence prevention work but require government support to do
"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. With more resources from the government
and more officers we could do even more."