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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson’s statement on FGM.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “FGM is child abuse and both myself and the public rightly expect West Midlands Police to arrest and prosecute those committing this most serious of crimes.

“Abuse will not be tolerated and it is absolutely right that the public has an increased expectation in the police to tackle complicated hidden crimes.

“I have made a huge investment in West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit with a focus on intervention, prevention and protection. Major strides have been taken to ensure identifying and responding to hidden crimes is a policing staple, with safeguarding part of everyone’s day-to-day business.

“I understand people’s concerns following a number of tweets from West Midlands Police’s Twitter accounts this weekend – and the general frustration at the lack of prosecutions nationwide. The tweets in question did not convey just how dedicated West Midlands Police is to tackling FGM nor official policy and I will be raising the matter with the Chief Constable.”

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