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Police Commissioner lets train take the strain

Police Commissioner lets train take the strain

🕔03.Jan 2013

jonesHello, hello, hello. What’s not going on here, then?

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones appears to have spooked the boys in blue by insisting on behaving like a normal bloke, steadfastly turning down the fringe benefits that might be expected to flow from a £100,000-a-year role.

The veteran Labour councillor from Wolverhampton, a proud member of real ale society Camra and stout defender of all things working class, has made it clear that he will not be chauffeured around the region in a police limousine while undertaking his official duties.

Indeed, Jones, ‘call me Bob’, turned up for his first day at work brandishing various train, tram and bus timetables and declared that he would use public transport wherever possible in order to encourage others to behave in a similar fashion.

Jones’s principled stand does tend to make things difficult for chief constable Chris Sims, who has an official car and driver to take him around the West Midlands. If public transport is good enough for the Commissioner, why is it unacceptable for the chief constable?

The word from the coalface is that Sims and his senior officers are concerned about safety aspects of Commissioner Jones travelling by public transport, no doubt clutching a briefcase full of sensitive papers.

It’s even been suggested to Chamberlain Files that a plain clothes surveillance team has been assigned to covertly follow the Commissioner during his adventures on bus, train and tram, although this may be what passes for police humour.

Jones’s official spokesman says the notion of a security

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