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West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police chief says 'No plan B' for force without change

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has warned of serious consequences if a reduction in the force's budget expected to be around 40 per cent is pushed through over the next five years.

Fears over rising domestic violence in public places

A report by the West Midlands Police and Crime Board revealed violence in public had increased by more than 1,000 offences

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson

Wake-up call after rise in reports of sexual offences

Police commissioner David Jamieson gives stark warning over rising crime which is being fuelled by 20 per cent increase in sexual offences

West Midlands' most prolific speed cameras rack up £3.3m in fines

Freedom of Information request shows top 30 sites in the region for clocking speeding drivers during 2014

West Midlands Police

West Midland job hunters wait two months for criminal records check

More than 4,000 West Midlands job hunters have been waiting for more than 60 days for police to complete criminal record checks.

David Jamieson has called for greater diversity among officers at West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police recruit one black officer in 160-strong intake

Commissioner David Jamieson calls on force to do more to 'look like the public it serves' following first round of recruitment since 2010

Tory candidate Afzal Amin pledges to fight suspension over EDL plot row

Conservative Dudley North candidate set for showdown talks after suspension announced over the weekend

Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police will be smallest in its history by 2020

Chief constable Chris Sims says we are building a model for future policing as five-year plan is outlined

West Midlands Police

Police reject 'wild West Midlands' gun crime claim

West Midlands Police has rejected claims the region has become the gun crime capital of England and Wales.

West Midlands Police push to educate firms about cyber crime

Police have launched an urgent initiative to try to counter the rise in highly sophisticated cyber-criminals targeting West Midlands firms.

Coun David Jamieson is urging the region to create a combined authority as soon as possible

West Midlands Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority

David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London

Internet is no way to train police - MPs

Commons condemns College of Policing's online methods saying officers need more face-to-face training to improve community skills

West Midlands Police cash crisis hits fight against terror and cyber-crime

Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says Home Office is ignoring region's crucial battle with 21st century threats

Tariq Jahan speaks at a press conference after the IPCC report publication

Birmingham riots tragedy father Tariq Jahan calls for public inquiry

The father is meeting police minister Mike Penning alongside local MP Shabana Mahmood (Lab, Ladywood) to explain that he was still waiting for an explanation

Birmingham City Council

'Rambling' councillors urged to stop making Birmingham politics dull

An inquiry into the council’s ward committee set-up found they are failing to engage citizens and often ignore or brush over issues of local interest

Birmingham Hippodrome chief executive Stuart Griffiths

Hippodrome boss Stuart Griffiths, Meera Syal and Brendon Batson among the New Year's Honours

Mr Griffiths is awarded an OBE for his services to the arts in the city, while Ms Syal and Mr Batson both upgraded their MBEs, with Wolverhampton-born actress Syal made CBE and footballer-turned-administrator Batson made an OBE

Project director Brian Gambles surveys the Shakespeare Memorial Room

Review of 2014 - April: Trouble at Library of Birmingham, Tory Conference under fire and New Street views

April saw the Library of Birmingham under the media glare just eight months after opening while the city council was forced to defend spending almost all of its event budget on the Conservative Conference

Natasha Trevis was stabbed to death in a taxi in Northfield

'Sheer luck' no more women died as scale of domestic abuse in Birmingham revealed

New stats show more than 25,000 are estimated to have suffered in the home according to the National Crime Survey


The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Coun David Jamieson

Cash-strapped West Midlands Police hit with £300,000 Tory conference bill

West Midlands Police has been hit with a £300,000 bill for policing September's Tory Party Conference in Birmingham.


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