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The law requires all Police and Crime Commissioners to produce a Police and Crime Plan within the first financial year after they are elected. A Police and Crime Plan can last for a PCC’s term of office or be renewed periodically.

The Police and Crime Plan must include:

  • The PCC’s police and crime objectives
  • The priorities for the Chief Constable
  • The resources the PCC will make available to the Chief Constable to provide policing
  • How the Chief Constable will report to the PCC about policing
  • How the Chief Constable’s performance will be measured
  • Information about any crime and disorder reduction grants to be made by the PCC, any conditions made.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, has officially launched his Police and Crime Plan, following an extensive and wide-ranging consultation. This is the document required by law that sets out the needs, priorities and objectives of the people of the West Midlands in relation to policing, crime and criminal justice, that will run for the term of office. It will be used to hold the Chief Constable and the police service to account on behalf of the people of the West Midlands.

The PCC’s priorities will include: rebuilding community policing by putting 450 officers onto the streets at the heart of neighbourhoods, combatting violence against women and girls and domestic abuse, tackling violent crime, including knife crime and investing in schemes to support young people to prevent them becoming victims of crime, criminal exploitation or offenders.

As chair of the region’s Criminal Justice Board, Simon Foster – who was a legal aid solicitor for 35 years – is prioritising improvements to the West Midlands’ justice system to improve efficiency, effectiveness and tackle the root causes of crime.

The plan details the PCC’s aims for the force and how he will hold the Chief Constable to account to achieve them, as well as setting out steps the PCC will undertake with partners from across the public sector.