Panel supports the 2017-18 policing precept

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Feb 102017
 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel met on Monday and voted to support the £5 average increase to the policing precept proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.

The Panel, which did have the power to veto the proposal, accepted the increase after a detailed question and answer session with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The increase is based on an average precept increase of £5. This would produce a charge for each property band for 2017/18, as follows:-

2016/17 2017/18
Statutory Proportion Precept
£ : p
Precept
£ : p
Change
Annual
£ : p
Change
Weekly
£ : p
A   6/9 74.37 77.70 3.33 0.06
B   7/9 86.76 90.65 3.89 0.07
C   8/9 99.16 103.60 4.44 0.09
D   9/9 111.55 116.55 5.00 0.10
E 11/9 136.34 142.45 6.11 0.12
F 13/9 161.13 168.35 7.22 0.14
G 15/9 185.92 194.25 8.33 0.16
H 18/9 223.10 233.10 10.00 0.19

 

The Panel’s report has been published on the Panel website at http://westmidlandspcp.co.uk/publications/

The Panel further asked that the PCC carefully consider the costs of policing large events, such as football matches, to ensure full cost recovery (including consequential costs, such as policing the routes to and from a match). Those events that are for profit should be distinguished from public demonstrations.

The precept is the part of the council tax that pays for policing. The Police and Crime Commissioner must present his proposals each year to the Police and Crime Panel.

The Panel, made up of councillors from the 7 West Midlands local councils and two independent members, must review the proposal and agree, made recommendations, or veto the Commissioner’s proposal.

 

Panel comments on the Draft Police and Crime Plan 2016-2020

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Sep 202016
 

On 5th September 2016 Panel Members questioned David Jamieson PCC about his new draft Police and Crime Plan – the document that sets out the strategic objectives for West Midlands Police.  Read our report with recommendations for the PCC and the PCC’s response.

The revised Police and Crime Plan will be available, once finalised, on the PCC’s website.

New Members of the Panel Appointed

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Jul 112016
 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel has 14 members. All but two are elected councillors. The two independent members were appointed by an selection panel, chaired by the late Cllr Darren Cooper. They were pleased to receive a number of very strong applications.

We’re pleased to welcome Kristina Murphy to the Panel and to announce that Lionel Walker will be continuing in this role. Both were formally appointed at the Panel meeting this afternoon (11th July)

Lionel Walker says:

“It is a honour and privilege to serve the West Midlands community for another four years by sitting on the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel. It is in this role that I expect to see the public voice being attentively listened to in relation to the prevention and addressing of crime in this area. I am very confident that the constructive scrutiny of the Commissioners’ work will not only enhance an already improving West Midlands Police Force, but also provide much needed support to the on-going changes in structure and service delivery of our Force.”

Kristina Murphy brings a range of experience to the role:

“I am really pleased to be offered the opportunity to contribute to the West Midlands community by being part of the WMPCP. Currently I am working at James Brindley School, which is a special academy helping support children with physical and mental health conditions access education. I have 14 years’ experience working in Governance and Risk whilst employed by BSMHFT which followed successful completion of my degree in Forensic Chemistry. To support my working knowledge with theory, I am studying for my masters in Strategic Management which allows a wider understanding of the potential impact of decisions made in the external and internal environment and how they interrelate.”

Tribute to Councillor Darren Cooper, Chair West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

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Mar 282016
 
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Councillor Darren Cooper, Chair West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

Councillor Darren Cooper served as the Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel since its inception in 2012, doing so with great professionalism, determination, tact and humour. He was extremely well respected by his councillor colleagues and independent members, as well as administrative staff supporting the panel.

Councillor Darren Cooper with Bob Jones

Councillor Darren Cooper with Bob Jones, former West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

WMCP Chair Cllr Cooper and Vice Chair Cllr Phillips

Councillor Cooper with Jess Phillips when the Panel was established in 2012

Jess Phillips MP says:

“Darren Cooper and I acted respectively as the Chair and Vice Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel when it came in to being. As the Chair he was always fair and did not let political allegiance get in the way of making sure that his job as scrutineer was done. He was committed to making sure that people here in the West Midlands were protected by our Police Force.”

“He was never afraid to confront difficult issues such as female genital exploitation and child exploitation. As a new councillor he was always there for me with words of wisdom and humour. The West Midlands has lost a great man, we will all miss him.”

Launching the FGM report in Sandwell

Councillor Cooper launching the Panel’s FGM inquiry report in Sandwell with David Jamieson

Councillor Cooper had great respect for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners, Bob Jones and David Jamieson. He took both statutory roles of the Police and Crime Panel equally seriously: to scrutinise and support the PCC. He also skillfully supported the transition to a new Police and Crime Commissioner when Bob Jones died in 2014 and the West Midlands became the first area to elect a new PCC.

Just last week, as he was reflecting on the changes made to policing governance in 2012, he reiterated his long held view that there had  been no benefit in introducing PCC’s, but that it was incumbent upon him and the Panel members to make the existing system work as well as possible.

“There is no doubt whatsoever he accomplished this” concludes Councillor Ken Hawkins, current Vice Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel.

He continues:

“On a personal level I didn’t know Darren until I joined the Panel this year and I got to like him from the start and was really looking forward to working with him in the next municipal year. Everyone connected with the Police and Crime Panel is shocked and saddened at hearing of Darren’s passing. He will be greatly missed and we send our deepest sympathies to Darren’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Councillor Cooper after David Jamieson’s first meeting with the Police and Crime Panel

Cllr Cooper and David Jamieson

Councillor Cooper and David Jamieson at a Police and Crime Panel meeting

 

Edited 1 April 2016

Panel reviews and accepts the 2016-17 policing precept

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Feb 082016
 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel has accepted the £5 increase to the policing precept proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.

The Panel, that had the power to veto the proposal, accepted the increase after a detailed question and answer session with the Police and Crime Commissioner on 1st February.

The increase is based on an average precept increase of £5. This would produce a charge for each property band for 2016/17, as follows:-

    2015/16 2016/17    
  Statutory Proportion Precept

 

£ : p

Precept

 

£ : p

Change

Annual

£ : p

Change

Weekly

£ : p

A   6/9 71.03 74.36 3.33 0.06
B   7/9 82.87 86.76 3.89 0.07
C   8/9 94.71 99.15 4.44 0.09
D   9/9 106.55 111.55 5.00 0.10
E 11/9 130.23 136.34 6.11 0.12
F 13/9 153.91 161.13 7.22 0.14
G 15/9 177.58 185.91 8.33 0.16
H 18/9 213.10 223.10 10.00 0.19

 

The Panel’s report has been published on the Panel website at http://westmidlandspcp.co.uk/publications/

The Panel also discussed the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget proposals. Members welcomed his continued commitment to passport community safety funding to Community Safety Partnerships, but questioned him on his decision to reduce this funding by 25% warning that it would be very difficult to absorb any further cuts.

The Panel also challenged the level of budget reserves, particularly those held as a contingency. Members noted the plans to spend reserves over the coming years and asked for greater transparency on their use.

The precept is the part of the council tax that pays for policing. The Police and Crime Commissioner must present his proposals each year to the Police and Crime Panel.

The Panel, made up of councillors from the 7 West Midlands local councils and two independent members, must review the proposal and agree, made recommendations, or veto the Commissioner’s proposal.

Panel’s Community Safety Funding report published this week

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Jan 202016
 

The Police and Crime Panel has published its scrutiny inquiry report into the West Midland’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) arrangements for Community Safety Grants.

The Panel explored whether the current approach of dividing community safety funding between the seven districts was the most efficient and most likely to secure real outcomes for people. Questions were also posed on the grant conditions and monitoring arrangements.

The Panel’s report contains five principles for the PCC to consider when making a final decision on future funding (A local funding approach is vital, simplified monitoring arrangements, longer term funding, revisiting the proposed grant cuts and exploring opportunities for joint working across the districts).

The PCC has responded to our report. The report and the PCC’s response can be found on our publications webpage.

Do you have a question for the Panel?

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Dec 292015
 
Anyone living, working or studying in the West Midlands can ask the Police and Crime Panel a question or suggest an area of work. Further details about how to submit your question and an on-line form are available.

The deadline for questions for our next meeting (1 February 2016 2pm) is 27th January 2016.

Tme is given at each meeting to hear public questions. Don’t worry if you can’t attend a meeting, we will still consider your question and send you our response.

For your question to be eligible it must relate to the Panel’s role and responsibilities. Please note, the Police and Crime Commissioner has separate arrangements for dialogue with the public.

Questions to the Panel may not

  • require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information
  • be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive
  • repeat a question asked before
  • refer to any matter of a personal nature

Cllr Darren Cooper expresses his sadness at the death of Cllr Phil Townshend.

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Oct 212015
 

 

Cllr Phil Townshend

 Cllr Cooper said:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Phil’s death. His support for the Panel was greatly appreciated. On behalf of the Panel, I would like to send our condolences to Phil’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Cllr Townshend was a substitute member of the panel from 2014.

Confirmation Hearings for Chief Constable

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Oct 162015
 

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The Panel this week had to hold a confirmation hearing for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s preferred candidate for Chief Constable, to replace Chris Sims who is leaving in January.

This required the Panel to review the proposed appointment and make a recommendation to the Commissioner.

This is a requirement under the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the reports for this item are available on this website.

The Panel agreed that the Commissioner should appoint David Thompson as Chief Constable for the West Midlands. The Panel letter confirming this has been published. Panel members agreed that Mr Thompson was an outstanding candidate and wish him well in his new role.