January 2017
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PCC Blog: 10p a week to protect your police force

10p a week: it doesn’t sound like much but this small amount could make the world of difference for West Midlands Police.

This is the amount Government expects me to raise the policing precept by in your council tax bill.
Now, let’s be honest, I know any rise in council tax is hardly ideal, but the reality is this: people in the West Midlands already pay the second lowest policing precept in the country and the 10p-a-week rise for Band D households is needed to ensure our police force remains strong and effective.

I’ve launched a consultation so I can hear your views but the fact remains that if the precept is frozen at its current level, West Midlands Police will lose out around £3.4million a year. That’s a total loss in funding of more than £10.2million by 2019/20 – and inevitable reductions in services.

I’ve long said that West Midlands Police has been unfairly affected by the Government’s spending cuts and it’s ended up falling to us – the taxpayers of the West Midlands – to protect our force and help pay our own way.

I’m therefore hoping you will support this modest council tax rise, which still means the residents of the West Midlands pay £60 less than neighbouring Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire.

This all comes back to the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2015, when the Chancellor gave forces with historically low precepts, like us here in the West Midlands, the ability – and expectation – to raise the level by £5 a year, compared to two per cent in other areas. The Home Office and the Treasury expect me and other PCCs in the same boat to make this increase for four years running to fill the gap in Government funding.

I hope this goes some way to explaining why I am asking you to pay this extra amount. However you feel on the issue, please complete my consultation survey here and share your views.

This money will keep West Midlands Police secure and strong in the face of ever-changing threats and help protect the recruitment of 800 new officers, 200 expert police staff and 150 PCSOs.

Consultation closes at 5pm on January 27 – make sure your voice is heard.
The current council tax policing precept levels, with West Midlands in red.

PCC to host summit on unauthorised traveller camps

Following his successful public hearing into M6 delays, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has organised another problem-solving summit into the issue of unauthorised traveller camps.

The event will take place on February 10 and see all parties gather round the table to come up with practical solutions. The PCC will be bringing together local councils, the police, concerned residents and traveller groups and has also invited neighbouring shire councils to work on a regional approach so unauthorised camps do not simply move around the region.

The summit will look at the issues the West Midlands is facing, what is working and what is not and if additional powers are needed for local agencies.

West Midlands PCC David Jamieson said: “Over the past year, this has been one of the issues I have received the most complaints about.

“No one has ever taken control of this issue and it has been allowed to rumble on for years. I’ve therefore decided ‘enough is enough’ and organised a summit to get to the root of the problems and come up with solutions.

“I want to hear from all sides. I will be bringing together members of the public, members of the travelling community, police, councils and anyone else who has been affected to bring about workable, long-term solutions so the camps don’t just move around the region.

“This summit follows on from my successful M6 hearing, which came up with new ways of working for Highways England and West Midlands Police to try and relieve chronic jams on the motorway.”

The summit will be a public meeting that will also be webcast live from police HQ, Lloyd House in Birmingham. You can follow it from the PCC’s official website, where you can also share your experiences of unauthorised traveller encampments in a consultation process.

PCC congratulates those recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours

MBE: Marcia Shakespeare
"I cannot think of a better way to the start the new year than celebrating those people who work tirelessly to make our communities stronger and safer” – those are the words of PCC David Jamieson as he paid tribute to the people recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
From police officers to community campaigners, the great and the good of the West Midlands were honoured by the Queen.

Among those given gongs was West Midlands Police Pc Joseph Cahill, who was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Birmingham and for his role as Chair of Governors at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr.

Marcia Shakespeare - the mother of 17-year-old Letisha, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham in 2003 - was also given an MBE. Marcia is now a passionate anti-gun, gang and knife campaigner and was honoured for her services to law and order. She runs the Precious Lives charity, which is supported by the PCC, to deliver educational and inspirational speeches to more than 10,000 schoolchildren.

Walsall's Karen Ross, whose teenage daughter Rosie was stabbed to death while she was out shopping in Birmingham in 2001, was also given an MBE for services to charity and reducing knife crime among young people in Walsall. Karen established the charity Rosie's Helping Hands with her husband Sean and has since raised more than £450,000.

Political figures from the West Midlands to be honoured include Neena Gill, MEP for the West Midlands, who got a CBE for parliamentary and political service and Councillor Bob Sleigh, leader of Solihull Council who received the OBE for services to local government.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "Congratulations to all those who received honours. There are so many hardworking and inspirational people here in the West Midlands and it is wonderful to see them get the recognition they deserve.”
News Bulletins
  • Organised crime, cyber security, opportunities for young people and the multi-million pound police budget – West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has revealed the topics for his annual Business Summit. This year’s event will take place at Lloyd House in Birmingham today (January 18) from 6pm, with the entire business community invited to attend. To register, click here.
  • The Commissioner hosted his first Strategic Policing and Crime Board of 2017 on January 3rd. Items on the agenda included the budget, supporting victims of crime and preventing crimes involving vulnerable people perpetrated by police officers and staff. You can watch the meeting in full here.
  • PCC David Jamieson and Assistant PCC Ashley Bertie visited the Consulate General for India in Birmingham this month to discuss community cohesion.

CMPG Awards celebrate officers and staff

Assistant PCC Ashley Bertie and PCC David Jamieson present Special Constable Clive Broadhurst with the Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety Award
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson and Assistant PCC Ashley Bertie attend the Central Motorway Police Group Awards, which celebrate the officers and staff who make our roads safer.

They presented the Andy Collins Award for Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety to Special Constable Clive Broadhurst.

Other gongs on the night were given out for officers preventing a young girl from jumping from a motorway bridge; helping a bereaved family get through the anguish of losing someone in a car crash; and running various road safety campaigns.

David Jamieson said: “The men and women honoured here tonight work round the clock to make our roads safer.

“But it goes deeper than that: they are also saving lives on a daily basis and helping families who have experienced bereavement. They are true heroes and I am honoured to attend this event celebrating their hard work and dedication.”
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