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

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.