Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson and Chief Constable Dave Thompson are holding a joint briefing for MPs to outline the financial challenge facing the force and the threats that the West Midlands faces.

The briefing will take place in Birmingham on Friday 23 June.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said, “West Midlands Police has faced cuts of £140 million in real terms since 2010 and is receiving less money from the government each year. We are dealing with ever more complex threats and challenges.

“The independent policing inspectorate HMIC has rated West Midlands Police as outstandingly efficient – meaning that resources are going to the frontline and been used to the best effect. Despite that, we have got 1,746 fewer officers than we did in 2010.

“I am looking forward to outlining the challenges we face to MPs and I trust that they will do all they can in parliament to help get the force a fairer deal.”

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson said,

“The events in Manchester, the London Bridge attack and the terror attack on those coming from prayers at Finsbury Mosque in London have shocked the nation and saw the force act through Operation Decisive.  Everyone in West Midlands Police wants to prevent an attack in our region.

“Officers and staff have stepped up to offer the protection the public have needed. This has been a huge strain and there is also a sustained and determined threat that is not going away anytime soon. We are and must remain in a heightened state of readiness.

“With the Police and Crime Commissioner I will be explaining the threats we face,  West Midlands Police’s response and the implications that has for West Midlands Police’s resources.

“I look forward to discussing these matters with MPs and hope they will take a strong message on our behalf to Westminster.”

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