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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson said: “I welcome this review as it gives the government the opportunity to get a strong understanding of how local Police and Crime Commissioners are making a real difference in their region. The review will also give the Home Office an opportunity to examine their own ways of working, which are not always helpful in assisting PCCs and Chief Constables deal with crime in their area.

“Throughout my time as Police and Crime Commissioner I have been committed to tackling the most serious issues that face our region, at a time when our budget has been cut as well as leading on national campaigns to prevent crime. As well as holding the Chief Constable and West Midlands Police to account I am also working with the local criminal justice system to improve help and support victims receive and reduce reoffending.

“I am committed to reducing crime and keeping the West Midlands safe and I welcome the opportunity to increase the visibility and public awareness of the role.

“I am pleased to see that the government wants to improve sharing best practice amongst PCCs as this will help improve services right across the country.

“I committed to transparency and that is why every month I hold the Chief Constable and West Midlands Police to account in public. Which unfortunately many Police and Crime Commissioners do not do. I am committed to publishing documents that are in the public interest on my website and I would be happy to share my ideas with other PCCs to ensure greater consistency is achieved across the country.

“Throughout my time in office I have maintained a strong working professional relationship with the Chief Constable and are effectively able to work through challenges. However, this is not the case for all PCCs.

“I am committed to the fundamental values of UK policing. The idea of policing by consent is at the core of my work, that is why I listen to the views of local community members on what their priorities are for crime reduction.”

Read the PCC’s response to the review here

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