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Police: Efficiency – The digital revolution

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

We still have to maximise the amount of policing we can offer on a reducing financial base. The force will continue to get smaller.

WMP2020 will roll out significant technology in the next two years. We have recently embedded Oracle Fusion, our back office system. Connect our new crime, custody, case and intelligence system will arrive in early 2019 followed by a new Command and Control system. The PNC/PND replacement, the National Law Enforcement Database, new ANPR and biometrics projects and the Airwave replacement known as Emergency Services Mobile Communication programme (ESMCP) arrive in 2019-20. There are national and local programmes on digital evidence. Mobility devices and body cameras will roll out across this period. The scale of the technology opportunity is significant and this is just the basics.

PC Louise Ruddick using the mobile smart phone.

Smart phones reduce the need for you to return to the station to access data

The Data Driven Insight programme is on the cusp of turning on some of the most powerful analytics in international policing and will help...

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Police: Helping Those in Need

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

We can be a highly effective force at preventing crime and protecting the public but we will fail if we are not seen as providing good caring service or being fair to those we protect.

In the next two years there will be a stronger focus now on making sure we understand how our services feel if you receive them (quality) and making sure we are fair in how people are treated (fairness). This needs some reflection by us all

I want to see us all:

  • Recognising that important things are not the same as urgent things: We are treating too many calls as urgent and not responding as effectively as we could to important ones.
  • Making sure we are reliable as well as speedy. When we say we will do something we should.
  • Never leaving the public carrying obvious risk; but that is not the same as doing things “just in case” or to “cover my back” but it’s not leaving them waiting for us if they could be in harm’s way.
  • Using our judgement and values on what is important – not just the process or grades.
  • Using the value ‘I challenge and address poor...

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Police: Protecting the Public – Building on success, becoming games ready

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Protecting the public ranges from terrorism and organised crime to the approaches we take to managing everyday calls. We have made good steps forward but more work is needed.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson on high visible patrols for Operation Temperer after the Prime Minister raised the national security state to Critical.
PCs Adam Davenport and Lee Roden

The events of summer 2017 showed how we can step up at times of crisis and a new reality of the terrorism threat. The events following Manchester really tested us and we effectively protected the public. The firearms build the force has gone through has seen us create a bigger and more skilled resource. The work of the CTU has also made us proud in intercepting many serious threats. However the terrorism threat has seen a sustained uplift.

The next few years will see us needing to strengthen our efforts. Starting with Prevent we must all ensure we use our eyes and ears to be on the lookout for those who may pose a threat or are vulnerable...

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Police: Preventing Crime – short term threats, long term solutions and getting the public involved

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Preventing crime was at the start of my vision statement. It is Peel’s first principle. We can and all should have more ambition than we have been able so far to deliver. I want us to make a massive impact on crime in the next two years.

Residents of Sparkbrook have formed a new Street Watch scheme in partnership with local neighbourhood police officers.
PCSO Jason Creed on patrol with Colin Hall and Rio the dog.

We have seen significant rises in traditional acquisitive crime, although in areas like vehicle crime, the methods are quite different.

This rise is a national trend but for us came at a time when we were in a state of re-organisation and then were hit with an incredible level of summer demand that blunted our proactivity. We are still now in a phase where we need to prevent this crime and the greatest priority for the force is at this stage to quickly bring down burglary, robbery and vehicle crime. This will need to be done by ensuring clear...

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Police: Two Years In

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

At the end of January 2016 I set out my vision for West Midlands Police “Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need”.

Two years on it is time to reflect on what has been achieved and refresh that outlook.

This week I will take a theme each day and reflect on where we are, and where we need to be.

Looking back at my speech in truth little has changed for what we set out to build even if events have created new challenges on the journey.

Since we all signed up to our new vision the world has evolved. We have opted to leave the EU. Technology has moved at great pace. The UK has faced sustained acts of terror. Here in the West Midlands we can now look forward to Coventry as the City of Culture and Birmingham as the 2022 host of the Commonwealth Games. None of this was predicted in January 2016.


Deserted – the foundling (1873), Frank Holl. Image courtesy of Art Gallery New South Wales.


The core of the vision remains as solid as ever, though not everything has been achieved yet. You will remember Holl’s picture, Deserted – the...

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Police: The office of Constable: A life of service to the public

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

In a week where we saw real horror in the West Midlands and the immense professionalism of staff a reminder of our oath and my advice to recruits who joined us this week.


Declaration for Office of Constable

I…..of the West Midlands Police do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.

New constables of the West Midlands,

May I offer the congratulations of our force, those assembled here tonight and my own as you join our ranks.

Those ninety nine words you have just said are some of the most profound you will speak....

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Police: After a frustrating 12 months it’s time to take more risk, be agile and be innovative

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

This week is my first back in 2018 as I took the week off after New Year.

Dave ThompsonCan I thank all the staff who worked over Operation Silent Night. As a smaller force we need to draw on roles across the force to deal with peaks in demand. I am aware some of you were in unusual duties. I got the chance to speak to a number of you on New Year’s Eve and we were embracing the one team effort. The Christmas period was well managed in terms of demand, so thank you.

I am afraid Christmas and New Year saw some nasty assaults on officers, which can never be regarded as acceptable. As of this week I shall be submitting an impact statement as part of any prosecution file where one of our officers or staff is assaulted. This has had a good impact in West Yorkshire where the idea originated.

We have been working closely with CPS in our region to get it right and will be making sure for each prosecution of an assault on one of our officers or staff, that the court understands the impact this...

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Police: Why the West Midlands is the place to be

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I have recorded a separate Christmas message so I will not repeat it here. This blog is an end of year round up.

Dave ThompsonLadies and gentlemen the West Midlands is THE PLACE! I am absolutely delighted to see Coventry named as 2021 City of Culture and just days later Birmingham announced as the Commonwealth Games City for 2022. This is simply huge for the region and for this force! This will generate jobs, investment and frankly give this region the profile it rightly deserves and inject a bit of swagger! I did a very large part of the Manchester Commonwealth Games operation in 2002 and can say it pulled the Greater Manchester region together and gave the city real profile. We get this twice with Coventry and Birmingham headlining.

There is a big challenge for us now to be games ready. That will mean a new dimension to our change programme to ensure we have the right facilities, technology and skills to deliver a massive and sustained security operation. It also means from this day on every...

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Police: Fine work across the force

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

There has been some fantastic news in the last few weeks I wanted to flag up.  This blog gives some quick round ups!

Firstly, the conviction of Edmunds and Surdhar for one of the most significant firearms supply operations in the country in recent years. The ammunition made by Edmunds and supplied through Dr Surdhar is linked to more than 100 shootings across the country. Their conviction has been an amazing piece of work and a big well done to the team at ROCU and colleagues who have supported across the force.

Very good progress is being made by us on the recent spate of shootings with charges now brought in the case of Mekel Sterling.

Some significant successes with six firearms seized in 24 hours on the 15th November as well as more than 200 weapons handed in through the firearms surrender. There is an intensive drum beat to keep a rapid pace on firearms intelligence so that we act quickly on opportunities.

We must keep the pressure up on weapons as I am convinced the growth in shootings of late reflects an increase in availability.


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Police: Making the right decisions, however tough

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

It’s been a busy few weeks since I updated you and a lot has gone on.

It was fantastic to meet so many of you at the WMP2020 Live sessions. About 2,500 of you came to catch up on what is happening in the force from drones to Taser. The DCC and I really enjoyed the conversations with you all and one consistent theme came up: Neighbourhood officers and NPUs are being pulled away from some of the proactive work they are doing to address grade 3 and legacy demand.

I really share the frustration; prevention is at the front of the vision for our force. In June we saw a step up in demand and had to pass some calls back into NPUs. While the overall demand has come down the level of grade one and two calls has created real challenges to change this back.

This is putting our operating model out of shape. The issue is not actually very simple to resolve and work is ongoing and we will update you in the next few weeks. Lots is being done around accountability, confidence closing logs off to looking at more scheduled...

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