A tribute to Bob Jones by Yvonne Mosquito
Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito has said
the following words in tribute to Bob Jones:
"Bob was exceptionally intelligent and his knowledge of policing
was second to none. He was assertive, had a quiet confidence but
never adopted any air of superiority. He quietly carried his
"He was hugely respected and was protective of the police
officers and police staff and wanted to improve the relationships
between the community and the police. He saw us as a bridge. And
there was no doubt he believed we had one of the best Chief
Constables in the country
"As he travelled by bus and train throughout Sandwell, Coventry,
Dudley, Walsall, Solihull Birmingham and Wolverhampton, meeting
people between meetings, a shared and collective consciousness
developed, that Bob Jones was a good, decent and honourable man.
Beyond the region, he was respected in his role within the APCC and
the College of policing and was recognised at a national level with
his CBE for the contribution that he made to policing and community
"He wanted to ensure the many voices of the West Midlands were
heard and he set up structures to do that. Those structures were
inclusive, they were cross party, ethnically and gender balanced,
they included competing voices. He also wanted to hear the voices
of young people and established the 14 youth commissioners.
"Using money from reserves, by next year, the West
Midlands will see the recruitment of 450 new police officers.
Most of them, and most the people who they serve, won't have
known Bob personally, but they will experience his legacy."