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Commenting on the Police workforce statistics recently released by the Home Office, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:

“These figures show the clear need for a fairer funding deal for the West Midlands. Record cuts since 2010 mean that we have 112 fewer officers now than last year. West Midlands Police officers are a credit to the region, and the people of the West Midlands are being let down by a funding formula that punishes us harder here, than almost anywhere else in the country.

“By taking tough decisions on things like estates and making efficiencies elsewhere we are making progress. I have put the finances in place to complete the recruitment of 450 officers by the end of this financial year and if further efficiencies can be found I hope to increase that figure further.

“Nevertheless we are still facing cuts of £2.5million this year and our cuts overall have been at twice the level of some more rural, low crime areas.”
Breakdowns of workforce numbers by police force area, English region and Wales

Police force area, English region and Wales As at: Change in 12 months
Sep-14 to Sep-15
Sep-14 Mar-15 Sep-15 number %    
West Midlands 7,155 7,133 7,043 -112 -1.6    
Total 130,405 129,988 128,597 -1,808 -1.4    

Full-time equivalents

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