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Commissioner seeks views on policing priorities for 2016-17

Commissioner seeks views on policing priorities for 2016-17

🕔07.Jun 2016

People across the West Midlands are being asked for their views on policing priorities.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson wants to know “what matters to people” and to understand the main issues they want the police to focus on.

The responses will be fed into the 2016-17 Policing and Crime Plan setting out priorities for the year and will be the basis for how the PCC holds the Chief Constable and the police force to account.

Mr Jamieson said:

I want to hear about your priorities and what you want to see happen in your local area and across our region to make the West Midlands a safer and more prosperous region.

I want to make sure that you have a voice and I will listen carefully to what local people have to say and what their priorities are.

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation process can fill in the survey here.

The survey will be open until July 18.

The 2015-16 Policing and Crime Plan focused for the first time on driving economic development in the region and a fresh push to reduce accidents on the roads.

The plan also highlighted “new threats” including tackling previously hidden crimes such as domestic abuse, hate crime and child sexual exploitation.

The law requires every police commissioner to have a Police and Crime Plan, and specifies that the plan must include information on the policing to be provided, and the commissioner’s police and crime objectives.

The 2015-16 West Midlands Police and Crime Plan promised to:

  • Tackle gang-related behaviour with an emphasis on reducing violent crime.
  • Continue to lead the way on stop and search, making sure that it is a proportionately and effectively used.
  • Continue to be the most accurate recorders of crime in the country.
  • Improve victims’ services’ by the introduction of the country’s first Victims Commission.
  • Continue to improve links with the health service and local authorities to improve the policing of people with mental health related issues.
  • Focus on improving the safety of the region’s transport by keeping traffic moving safely, which will drive down the number of deaths on the roads and improve our economic output.
  • Support economic development by tackling the crimes that puts off inward investment and make sure that West Midlands Police is a responsible living wage employer, which procures locally whenever possible.
  • Reduce re-offending rates by working with employers to get people into work rather than committing crimes and creating more victims.
  • Prevent and detect previously hidden crimes like domestic abuse, hate crime and child sexual exploitation.
  • Respond to the challenges of austerity by protecting valued services, whilst also meeting the new needs and expectations that the public have on a 21st century police force.
  • Respond to local and national threats, including terrorism and cyber-crime.

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