The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police still believes the region's police forces should be merged, despite the Government's chaotic U-turn.
For the past year, he has worked with colleagues in Staffordshire and Warwickshire to draw up plans for a single police service.
But yesterday Tony Blair confirmed the Government was dropping the policy in regions where any of the forces involved were opposed.
That includes the West Midlands because West Mercia Police, which would be included in a merged super-force, is against the idea.
Mr Scott-Lee said: "There are particular issues with serious crime, terrorism and cross border crime.
"In some parts of the country, the current arrangements are not as strong as they need to be to protect the public.
"We are fortunate in the West Midlands that we are well-placed, as a large force.
"But that is not good enough. It can be improved."
There was no point pressing ahead without West Mercia, he said.
"When we looked at the business case as to how we deliver policing in the West Midlands, one thing that was clear was that the real opportunities came when we merged all four forces.
"This is partly because of the geography of the West Midlands, the way the road and rail networks are laid out.
"The logic of having all four together makes sense. If you are not going to include the area covered by West Mercia, it is a whole different ball game. I don't think it makes sense."
He stressed that he had no quarrel with Paul West, the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police who waged a high profile campaign against the merger idea.
"We have a good relationship with West Mercia and work very closely with them.
"Neither I nor Staffordshire or Warwickshire agree with him [Paul West]. It is just a question of a different point of view."
He hoped to discuss what was happening with the Home Office, he said.
"If there isn't clarity we have to find a way of getting the Home Office to make clear what they are looking for and how they want us to go about implementing policing."
Mr Scott-Lee said the West Midlands already had the resources to deal with serious crime.
"The point I would make for the people of the West Midlands is that this is not about solving a problem. It is about how we make it better.
"But there are other forces that are not in that advantageous position, and we have to find ways as a country to ensure they are fit for purpose."
He added: "My professional view is that the people of the West Midlands would be better served by a single force. But that is not within my gift to achieve."