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.

 

Confirmation Hearings for Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer

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Jul 012015
 
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Panel Meeting, Wolverhampton, June 2015

 

The Panel this week had to hold confirmatory hearings for two of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s senior posts.  This required the Panel to review the proposed appointments and make a recommendation to the Commissioner about the appointments.

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

The Panel agreed that the Commissioner should appoint Jonathan Jardine as Chief Executive for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. The Panel also agreed that he should appoint Mark Kenyon as Chief Finance Officer. The letter from the Panel  confirming this and the response from the Commissioner  have been published. Congratulations to Mark and Jonathan.

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Jonathan Jardine, David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Kenyon and Yvonne Mosquito, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (left to right)

The Panel was told that the Chief Constable, Mr Chris Simms, had indicated that he would be retiring this year and so the Panel will have to hold a further confirmatory hearing for a new Chief Constable later in the year.

 

 

Panel’s FGM Inquiry Report Published This Week

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Jun 192015
 

Launching the FGM report in Sandwell

Launching the FGM report in Sandwell

The Panel’s report Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the West Midlands has just been published.

The summary and recommendations are:

Summary WMPCP Tackling FGM in the West Midlands

The report is:

WMPCP Tackling FGM in the West Midlands

The evidence pack of information presented to the Panel and surveys of key stakeholders is:

Evidence Pack WMPCP Tackling FGM in the West Midlands

 

The news release: FGM report launch – news release FINAL

Panel Review of Precept and Police and Crime Plan

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Feb 132015
 

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Panel reviews and accepts the 2015-16 policing precept

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel has accepted the 1.99% increase to the policing precept proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.

The Panel, that has the power to veto the proposal, accepted the increase after a detailed question and answer session with the Police and Crime Commissioner on 2nd February.

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

The report has a number of recommendations for the Police and Crime Commissioner, including providing more information to residents on what the additional money collected through the precept would be used for and greater clarity on impact of the current police recruitment drive on officer and staff numbers.

Commenting on the police budget consultation, the Panel suggested that to increase public participation next year he might work alongside the district council budget consultation exercises and use their social media channels.

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.

The Panel meeting was webcast and you can watch the Panel’s debate on the police budget and precept here http://bit.ly/1DXuJ2R

Panel reviews changes to the Police and Crime Plan

The Police and Crime Plan is an important document in which the Police and Crime Commissioner sets out his priorities. The Plan provides a direct means though which the Panel can hold the Commissioner to account and scrutinise his work. The Commissioner must consult the Panel on any changes he wants make to the Plan.

The Panel questioned the Police and Crime Commissioner on changes to the Plan on 2nd February.  The Panel’s report has now been published on http://westmidlandspcp.co.uk/publications/

Whilst recognising the work that has gone into reshaping this document the Panel suggested several areas for the Commissioner to consider that would ensure the Plan reflected current priorities across the West Midlands and support the existing work being undertaken by West Midlands Police and partner organisations to reduce crime and improve community safety.

The Panel asked for more details on the work of the force to address “hidden crimes” including how improvements will be achieved,  recognition of the new statutory duties under the Prevent Strategy, tackling alcohol related crimes, and more details on targets and baselines for the objectives set out in the Plan  to enable the public and the panel to track and judge the commissioner’s success.

You can watch the Panel’s debate on changes to the Police and Crime Plan here http://bit.ly/1IKkB44

Do you have a question of the Panel or want to suggest an area of work?

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Jan 122015
 

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 (9 February 2pm) is 4th March 2015.

Public question time is an opportunity to bring an issue of concern to the Panel or even to get a topic on a future Panel agenda. Time 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

Have Your Say on Police Leadership, Ethics and Accountability.

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Dec 152014
 

The Committee for Standards in Public Life is looking at the role of Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and Police and Crime Panels. The focus is on leadership, ethics and accountability.

On 19th December some of the Committee Members are visiting the West Midlands and would like to extend an invitation to you to meet with them. It will be between 9 and 10 a.m. this Friday in Sandwell Council House, Oldbury.

If you can not make the meeting then you can tweet questions to them @PublicStandards or email them public@standards.gsi.gov.uk.

Further details are on their press release: CSPL Notification of Meeting 19 Dec 2014

Do you have a burning question to ask the Panel?

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Sep 012014
 

There is an opportunity at each Panel meeting for members of the public to ask a question. Further details about how to submit your question and an on-line form are available. The deadline for questions for our next meeting (8th September, 2pm) is 3rd September 2014. Public question time is an opportunity to bring an issue of concern to the Panel or even to get a topic on a future Panel agenda. Don’t worry if you can’t attend a meeting, we will still consider your question and send you our response.

The Panel’s Tribute to Bob Jones

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Jul 182014
 
Councillor Darren Cooper with Bob Jones

Councillor Darren Cooper with Bob Jones

The Panel paid tribute to Bob Jones at its meeting on 14th July, 2014. In addition to a minute’s silence to mark their respect, Members from across the political spectrum reflected on what Bob had contributed in over thirty years service to Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. A particularly moving accolade came from Cllr John Rowley who had served with Bob Jones as ward councillor for Blakenhall from 1982 until Bob resigned from the Council after taking up the role of PCC.

Following the discussion the Panel has submitted the following post to the book of condolences for Bob:

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel, Chaired by Cllr Darren Cooper had the responsibility of scrutinising Bob Jones as Police and Crime Commissioner since the day he took office in November 2012. Although he was opposed to the concept of PCC, he served the public of the West Midlands with great dedication. He fought the corner of those who needed it, performed the role without fear or favour and made every effort to get to meetings across the whole of the region. The Panel had the utmost respect for Bob’s  knowledge of police, and of his  values. Overall he was an outstanding PCC  and an inherently decent man.

The book of condolences remains open:

http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/news/book-of-condolences-for-bob-jones

 

 

Appointment of Acting Police and Crime Commissioner

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Jul 182014
 

Following the death of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, the Panel had a duty to appoint an Acting PCC. On 14th July 2014, the Panel appointed Yvonne Mosquito, the Deputy PCC as Acting PCC. This will last for a period up until the declaration of a new PCC following the election on 21st August, 2014. The letter of appointment is here:

140718 Letter re Acting PCC role

Yvonne and Cllr Cooper July 2014

Yvonne Mosquito and Cllr Cooper, Chair of the Panel

At the meeting Panel Members expressed profound concern about the statutory provisions relating to the arrangements that prevail in such circumstances. A letter has been written to the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims setting out their concerns.

140718 Letter from WMPCP to Minister

The Panel has received a response from The Rt. Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims.

140722 Letter from Policing Minister

 

 

Press Release – Appointment of Acting Police and Crime Commissioner

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Jul 042014
 

Acting PCC set to be appointed

An Acting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands is set to be appointed on Monday 14th July, it was announced today.

The move follows the sudden death of Bob Jones while in office.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises and supports the PCC, is responsible for making a temporary appointment before an election is held.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper, who chairs the panel, said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner is a hugely important role and we expect to make a temporary appointment shortly.

“They will continue in the role until the result of an election for a PCC on August 21.

“Bob was making a huge difference as the region’s first Police and Crime Commissioner and his untimely death is an absolute tragedy.

“He was someone who was determined to give local people an effective voice and I pay tribute to the legacy he has left.”

PCCs can hire and fire chief constables and set the police budget and priorities. They serve for four years.

The post was created in 2012 to give local people a bigger say over policing.

The Police and Crime Panel is made up of 12 councillors from each of the seven local authorities in the West Midlands Police area – Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton – and two independent members.

Meeting

Monday 14th July 2014, at 2p.m. In Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Dudley Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF.

Update: Please note this panel meeting will now start at 2.30p.m.

Contact

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel
0121 464 6871
wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk