Confirmation Hearing – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

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Jun 022020
 

On 20 May 2020 the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel held a Confirmation Hearing to review the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed appointment of Waheed Saleem as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

At the Hearing Panel Members put questions to Mr Saleem, before making a recommendation to the Commissioner.

The Panel agreed by a majority to recommend that Mr Saleem should not be appointed as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel’s report to the Police and Crime Commissioner has been published on the Panel website.
The meeting papers and web stream are also available.

Police and Crime Panel Reviews PCC’s Emergency Police and Crime Plan

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May 122020
 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel continues to support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner during the COVID-19 crisis. Panel members have recently reviewed the PCC’s new Emergency Police and Crime Plan.

The Emergency Police and Crime Plan sets out the key actions the PCC expects the Chief Constable to deliver, as well as a range of tasks the PCC and his office will undertake during this period.

The Panel’s review report has been published. Members welcomed the proactive work to support those at risk of domestic violence and young people and children during the lockdown. The Panel also acknowledged the PCC’s ongoing assistance to organisations supporting victims and working to reduce crime.

The Panel expressed its support to the Police and Crime Commissioner and the officers and staff of West Midlands Police in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support communities.

Meeting Cancelled – 16 March 2020

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Mar 162020
 

The Police and Crime Panel has decided to cancel today’s meeting in light of concerns relating to Coronavirus.

Having considered today’s agenda, and in light of the fact that the PCC David Jamieson’s terms of office has been extended, the planned items of discussion can be postponed until a later date.

This decision will allow more time for the Panel to digest the implications of the delay of the PCC elections. Members will continue to support and scrutinise the PCC at this time.

Future meeting dates will be announced in due course

Do you have a question for the Police and Crime Panel?

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Aug 282019
 

Anyone living, working or studying in the West Midlands can submit a written question to the Police and Crime Panel or suggest an area of work.

Email questions to wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk , or write to us or use the online form on our Getting Involved page.

The next Panel meeting is on Monday 9 September 2019 (2pm, Birmingham Council House). Questions for this meeting should arrive by 4 September.

Questions must relate to the Panel’s role and responsibilities scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner. Questions should not be about operational police matters, or personal cases, or be for the Police and Crime Commissioner who has separate arrangements.

More information about submitting a question is on our Getting Involved page.

Panel recommends appointment of Ashley Bertie as Deputy PCC

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Aug 282019
 

The Panel held a Confirmation Hearing for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed appointment of Ashley Bertie as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is required to hold Confirmation Hearings for key appointments made by the Police and Crime Commissioner. At the Hearing on 15 July 2019 the Panel reviewed the proposed appointment and put questions to Mr Bertie, before making a recommendation to the Commissioner.

The Panel recommended the Commissioner should appoint Ashley Bertie as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. A copy of the Panel’s letter has been published on the Panel website.

The Hearing papers and the web stream of the meeting are also available on this website.

The Panel wish Mr Bertie well in his new role.

Police and Crime Panel Elects Chair and Vice-Chair

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Jul 222019
 

Cllr Narinder Kaur Kooner Panel Vice Chair and Cllr Ken Hawkins Panel Chair

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel members elected councillor Ken Hawkins (Solihull) as Panel Chair and councillor Narinder Kaur Kooner (Birmingham) as Vice Chair for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year.

The full membership can be found here.

Panel responds to WMCA consultation on transfer of PCC powers to West Midlands Mayor

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Jan 092019
 

The Police and Crime Panel has responded to the West Midlands Combined Authority consultation on changes to police governance from 2020. Read our full response WMPCP Statement on WMCA Stage 1 Consultation

The West Midlands Combined Authority is consulting the public and key stakeholders on proposals to transfer the powers and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner to the West Midlands Mayor from 2020.

The Panel plays a key role in police governance by scrutinising the Police and Crime Commissioner.

On 26 November 2018 Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor and WMCA officers set out the proposals, together with the Stage 1 consultation questions and their consultation and engagement plan.  More details and a link to the consultation questionnaire can be found here.

The Police and Crime Commissioner also outlined his views on the two roles merging. These are set out on his website

Following the meeting the Panel submitted its response to the Stage One consultation.

The Panel will consider the Stage Two public consultation questions on 4 February, before submitting a further response.

The West Midlands Combined Authority Board is expected to consider the outcome of the consultation in March 2019