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Newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster is recruiting his top team to support him holding West Midlands Police to account and setting the strategic direction for England’s second largest force.

The PCC is aiming to recruit two Assistant Commissioners and three board members, and potentially a Deputy Commissioner. The board members will also serve on the statutory Joint Audit Committee. Simon Foster is committed to ensuring that the cost of the new team will be lower than the board it replaces.

A recent review of the Police and Crime Commissioner role led by the Home Secretary Priti Patel recommended that PCCs appoint a Deputy PCC to enhance the ‘resilience and capacity’ of the role.

The new team will be at least 50% female and the PCC is working to ensure they represent the whole of the West Midlands.

Mr Foster has pledged to recruit 450 police officers and put them in local communities across the region. He has also pledged to tackle knife crime, domestic abuse and to protect victims of crime. The PCC has also started consulting on his Police and Crime Plan that will set out a wider range of policy objectives too.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster, said:

“I am looking for a dynamic, hard-working team that can help me deliver the priorities I have been elected upon. I have pledged to recruit 450 police officers and to place them in local communities across the West Midlands. I will also fight violent crime and domestic abuse.

“The West Midlands faces big challenges over the coming years as we come out of the pandemic. This new team will help me deliver upon the public’s priorities to make the region safer and reduce crime.

“This new team will be cost-effective. I will make sure that the cost of this board is less than the outgoing one it replaces.”

All of the new roles will be offered as contracts on a 12-month basis with the potential for annual renewal. Applications open today (18th May) and will close on 1st June. A new Strategic Policing and Crime Board is expected to start meeting in public in July.

To apply click here.

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