West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson will be standing for re-election next May after winning the backing of Labour Party members.
The former MP secured his re-selection vote with 86 per cent support of members across the region - an "incredible endorsement", according to party sources.
This was a trigger ballot in which he had to receive more than half of the vote to become Labour's 2016 candidate.
He has been police commissioner for 16 months, having won a by-election following the death of his predecessor Bob Jones.
Mr Jamieson said: "I would like to thank local members, parties and affiliated organisations for the strong support they have shown me.
"I will continue to work hard to stand-up for the West Midlands by recruiting officers and continuing to drive efficiencies so we can protect the areas the public values most, like neighbourhood policing and PCSOs."
A Labour Party spokesman said: "Local parties and affiliates recognised the work David has done, standing up against unfair government cuts, driving efficiencies to protect important areas like neighbourhood policing and getting the West Midlands ready for the emerging crimes of the future.
"The efficiencies spearheaded by David have meant that, despite West Midlands Police having faced bigger cuts than anywhere else in the country, all PCSOs will be saved from compulsory redundancy."
The election is now certain to go ahead even though he could serve a single year as, in parallel to this, there are proposals to transfer policing responsibilities to a directly elected regional mayor in 2017.
There are still many legal hurdles and issues to resolve with the fledgling West Midlands Combined Authority, the group of seven metropolitan councils and government before the mayor is confirmed.
Therefore, it is business as usual for the 2016 police and commissioner election.