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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Jon Hunt

Dear West Midlands resident

I have worked for nearly 20 years with local police teams and have seen many terrific local initiatives. Sadly, in recent years local policing has been decimated and teams have been withdrawn from communities, often spending hours of time in traffic reaching their neighbourhoods. It is time for local policing to be better. The new Police and Crime Commissioner can make this happen – but this needs a commitment to local policing that has been lacking.

These are my priorities:

1/ Get the police back in our communities

We must support the restoration of front-line local policing in our communities and neighbourhoods. This means two extra police officers for every neighbourhood team – with opportunities for PCs and PCSOs to learn and apply a wide range of skills.

Each area would have a local policing plan, setting out how local teams will be based in their communities.

 2/ Abolish this wasteful and ineffective post

I will absorb the post into the West Midlands Combined Authority as an elected deputy mayor. The cost of the Commissioner’s office, at £2.6 million a year, is a misuse of police resources. I would refuse to take the £100k salary currently awarded to the Commissioner, cutting it by at least half.

3/ Prevent crime and harm

  • Ensure the police work with youth organisations, schools and colleges to prevent young people being drawn into crime and gangs;
  • Support measures to make roads safer: local initiatives such as Speedwatch and working with councils to roll out average speed cameras on highways;
  • Make communities safer by ensuring that police work with local people on prevention and support for victims of crime, through strong, locally based police teams.


Published and promoted by Chris Bertram, 71 Springfield Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7DU

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