PCC unveils plans for 200 extra police officers
The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
announced an increase in officer numbers for West Midlands Police
following a wide ranging efficiency programme, which has cut waste,
delivered new technology and improved working practices.
Officer numbers will increase by 200 over the next two
years. Additional officers will be focussed on tackling violent
crime and working closely with local communities.
The PCC has confirmed police officer numbers were due to
total 6,539 in 2021, but will now rise to 6,739.
Recruitment will begin shortly.
Whilst the rise in council tax rise, announced earlier this
year, prevented West Midlands Police from shrinking any further it
is the efficiency savings which will allow extra officers to be
They will be paid for after an efficiency drive by the force
which was overseen by the PCC. Savings made from the WMP2020
project have enabled the force to boost police
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson,
"By driving further efficiencies and making cost savings I
have been able to deliver 200 more police officers for West
"These officers will make a difference to tackling violent
crime in the West Midlands.
"Despite the huge efficiencies made by the force, these
additional officers will not make up for the more than 2,000 lost
since 2010. West Midlands Police has faced cuts to its budget from
government of £175 million over the last nine years.
"I will continue to campaign for a better funding settlement
for West Midlands Police.
"These extra officers have been delivered following a
rigorous efficiency making exercise. We've looked at every process
and are now able to reinvest these savings on the front
"Unfortunately, West Midlands Police had a stand still
budget once increased pension and wage costs are considered.
Thankfully West Midlands Police's efficiency programme has enabled
officer numbers to increase."
Knife crime in the West Midlands has risen by 85% since 2012
and gun crime has risen by over a third during the same
David Jamieson, who recently described the rise in violent
crime as a 'national emergency,' added:
"Officer numbers are a hugely important part of the response
against violent crime, but investment in preventative services is
"I am also pushing the government to fund the expansion of
the West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance, which brings
together the police, health service and other agencies to take a
public health approach to tackling violence.
"In the short term, I am also putting together a special
grant bid to government to increase capacity this year, to allow
West Midlands Police to continue to make an intensive response to
The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Dave Thompson,
said: "The public and the staff of West Midlands Police will
welcome the first growth in police officers in over a decade. The
new officers will be deployed in priority neighbourhoods that are
facing serious crime challenges, in response policing - to improve
our ability to get to the public at times of need - and into the
investigation of priority crimes of violence, robbery and burglary.
This is a good step forward I hope future funding can build
Police officer recruitment will open shortly. In the
meantime those interested in joining West Midlands Police can
register their interest here.