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West Midlands Police prepares for job cuts despite recruitment

The admission came from the force’s head of HR who told Strategic Police and Crime Board members the first influx of staff since 2010 will only stabilise officer numbers – which will then have to be cut again almost immediately

Sir Albert Bore

Trojan Horse investigator 'will have to work harder because of anti-terror background'

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore reveals community tension concerns, and says the man brought in to investigate claims of extremism in schools has his work cut out to win people over

West Midlands Police

45 applications for each new West Midlands Police officer post

The force’s strategic police and crime board was told that 75 per cent of the 19,000 applicants were under the age of 30, with 70 per cent living in the region

Tesco / Asda supermarkets

House of Lords tells supermarkets to end "buy one get one free" offers

Anti-poverty campaigners slammed members of the House of Lords after they urged supermarkets to scrap "buy one get one free" offiers

West Midlands Police HQ, Lloyd House

Staff moved out of West Midlands Police office months after opening

Extensive building work at Lloyd House, the force’s headquarters, has led to the disruption

Metropolitan Police officers questioning a man during a routine stop and search operation

Stop and search needs reform to boost police trust

Are we losing confidence in our police? We may be - according to the head of the official police watchdog.

Birmingham Cathedral Square safety improvements to tackle anti-social behaviour

Colmore Business District (CBD) worked with Amey and West Midlands Police on the project to improve the area

West Midlands Police facing age discrimination claims from 500 retired officers

The Pension Regulation A19 forced officers who had 30 years service with the force to retire

Police

West Midlands firms 'have lost confidence in police'

Claims faith must be restored to the business community after data showed that two out of five businesses nationally do not bother to report crime to police

Broad Street's Gatecrasher

Licensing chiefs to decide Gatecrasher's future over drugs and violence claims

Police asked Birmingham City Council to review Gatecrasher’s licence after complaining about stabbings, cannabis smoking and violence on Broad Street.

Current police custody suite cells were built in Victorian times

£4m jump in cost of West Midlands superprisons

The force had earmarked £30.6 million for two huge 60-cell blocks, which are due to be built in Bromford Lane, Oldbury, and Holford Drive, Perry Barr

Police

Labour's plan to revive police force mergers

The police merger plan would see West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire and Staffordshire police join forces.

@MentalHealthCop Twitter profile page

West Midlands Police in u-turn over Twitter ban

The @MentalHealthCop Twitter account was suspended after he highlighted resource problems at West Midlands Police

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell

West Midlands police chief to apologise to Andrew Mitchell for 'plebgate' row

Report accused Police Federation of giving false account of meeting with Sutton Coldfield MP

@MentalHealthCop Twitter profile page

Police suspend Birmingham inspector's Twitter account after he criticises cutbacks

Award-winning @MentalHealthCop regularly posted about policing and mental health issues and had been praised by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

Celebrated Warwickshire film maker Ken Loach

Noam Chomsky and Ken Loach oppose university suspensions

In open letter in a national newspaper, 40 signatories described University of Birmingham’s actions as 'at odds with freedom of speech and the right to protest'

Bob Jones

The bald truth for Bob Jones about proposed police force budget increase

Labour Police Commissioner Bob Jones had to persuade a group of politicians from across the West Midlands not to veto his plans for a three per cent rise in the police precept on council tax.

Speed cameras across the West Midlands were switched off in 2013

Speed cameras to get digital switch-on in Birmingham

Old-style traffic enforcement cameras using film were taken out of action across the West Midlands last year.

More than 250 police officers across the UK brought discrimination claims against their employers

West Midlands Police A19 retirement programme ruled unlawful

Regulation A19 forced police officers to retire after 30 years of service.

Police officers stock

Green light for 450 more West Midlands Police officers

In all, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has given the green light for the recruitment of 550 extra staff after councillors backed the force’s 2014/15 budget

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