West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner calls on people to share views on crime

A police boss has called on people across the West Midlands to share their views on crime and policing in the region.

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands Simon Foster
The new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands Simon Foster

The region's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Foster said it was "crucial" to hear from members of the public.

The feedback will form part of a new Police and Crime Plan to set out the priorities for his three-year-term in the role.

Mr Foster, who comfortably won the seat for Labour earlier this month, said: "I have pledged to recruit 450 police officers and to place them in local communities across the West Midlands.

"I will also fight violent crime and domestic abuse. Whilst I have a very clear idea of the areas we need to improve on at West Midlands Police to ensure people’s safety and security in the region, I also need to hear what your priorities are too."

The Police and Crime Plan is legal document required by law and will shape the PCC's three-year term. A regular term is normally four years, but the pandemic delayed voting by 12 months.

Mr Foster has already committed to ensuring 450 new police officers are recruited and deployed to streets across the region. He also wants to crack down on both knife crime and domestic abuse.

PCCs are responsible for setting the police budget and have the power to raise some funds through council tax, but the majority of West Midlands Police's budget comes from central Government.

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