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Birmingham City Council's new chief executive Mark Rogers

Birmingham Post Power 250: Public Sector

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the Public Sector

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP

Birmingham Post Power 250: Politics

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of politics

West Midlands Police could lose out on funding to rural forces

Funding for West Midlands Police could be cut as part of the Government’s plan to change the way cash for forces is shared out across the country

CGI of new custody suite in Perry Barr

Willmott Dixon fined for delays in £20m police project

Stalled opening of two new custody suites means construction group is facing £1m penalty

Birmingham city centre as seen from the press box at Warwickshire Cricket Club.

Contest to become the first mayor of the West Midlands has already begun

Labour has begun to think about how it will choose a candidate for next year's West Midlands metro-mayor election, but jockeying behind the scenes is already underway

New chief constable Dave Thompson

Gun crimewave is the worst I've seen - new police chief

Incoming chief constable's concern over spate of shootings in the West Midlands

Goldie is among several people from the West Midlands to be recognised in the New Year Honours list

Goldie and Cure Leukaemia founder receive new year honours

Musician who blazed a trail for drum and bass is made an MBE while Professor Charles Craddock is a CBE for services to medical research - see all the West Midlands honours here

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police commissioner wants to hike council tax

David Jamieson says a £5 rise for a band D property would still be less than residents in neighbouring force areas have to pay

David Jamieson has won backing to stand for re-election next year

David Jamieson to stand for police commissioner re-election

Former MP and incumbent Police and crime commissioner wins backing of Labour group to fight in 2016 vote

The launch of the mental health triage scheme in January 2014

Triage scheme for mentally ill saves taxpayers £1.1m

A mental health triage scheme has been praised for saving the taxpayer £1.1 million and halving the number of people detained by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act

The Jewellery Quarter's police station, at the foot of the Big Peg, will close in 2018

West Midlands Police confirms closure of 28 buildings

Full list and dates of those offices and small stations which have been decreed surplus to requirements as force continues money-saving mission

West Midlands taxpayers could foot bill to stop police cuts

Cap on council tax funding for force lifted by the Home Secretary as she admits there will be real term cuts of around 1.3 per cent

Armed police stand at the French Embassy in London after terror attacks killed at least 129 people in Paris.

West Midland Crime commissioner says fully-armed force needs discussion after Paris terror attacks

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has said a 'serious discussion' needs to take place before drastically increasing the number of armed officers on the streets.

Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

West Midlands Police commisioner warns he could block combined authority devolution deal

Labour PCC David Jamieson says he could block West Midlands Combined Authority deal unliess given assurances over the future of policiing in the region

West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson

West Midlands Police lose £28m after funding 'omnishambles'

Government ministers were accused of presiding over an "omnishambles" after it emerged funding for West Midlands Police will be £28 million lower than promised

The number of traffic offences recorded by police has fallen over the past decade, partly due to fewer officers able to catch law-breaking motorists

Road policing at 'tipping point' as budget slashed

Supt Keasey, who is also head of the Central Motorway Police Group, told MPs drivers thought they were less likely to be caught because they saw fewer officers on the roads

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims

West Midlands Police teams up with other forces to buy cars

But chief constable says the planned savings of £500,000 are just a 'drop in the ocean' compared to the other spending cuts it faces

Spending cuts 'threaten to undermine operations' of some police forces

But West Midlands rated as 'outstanding' for the efficiency of the way it manages resources against demand

£37m extra funding for West Midlands Police

Government U-turn in battle for extra money for 'special case' West Midlands force

David Jamieson with weapons collected in a recent knife amnesty

A West Midlands mayor could lead to lower crime rates, claims David Jamieson

Police commissioner claims says all-powerful regional figure could be more effective

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