Commenting on the police workforce statistics released today 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 we have 163 fewer officers now than last year.

“By taking tough decisions on things like estates and making efficiencies elsewhere we are stabilising numbers. I have already announced the recruitment of 800 police officers, 150 PCSOs and 200 specialist staff over the next three years.

“Nevertheless we are still facing cuts of £6 million of government grant this year on top of the £130 million cuts we have already faced.”

Police officer numbers (FTE):

Police force area, English region and Wales

As at:

Change in 6 months Mar-16 to Sep-16

Sep-15

Mar-16

Sep-16

number

%

West Midlands

7,043

6,944

6,880

-163

-2.3

Total England and Wales

129,005

127,335

126,252

-2,754

-2.1

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