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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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Police: Back to business and our mission to prevent crime and protect people

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

I hope everyone managed a break over the summer. I went on leave at the end of August in the sun and returned to a very autumnal September.

_DSC6451I am sure, like many of you, the break was needed. It was a busy summer and you only feel it when you stop. It was perhaps the last holiday with my children who have now offered a big vote of no confidence in future holidays with my wife and I.  As you can imagine we still can’t take the smile off our faces.

You all deserve a big thank you for your hard work during the summer. Operationally, I have never seen a summer like it. A huge security effort, a big spike in demand and then a rush of serious crime. This really tested our force, as it did across policing, but you should all be proud of your great work.

We swapped out the finance and shared services centres and put in the most modern technology and launched our cutting edge website which is now taking online reports. We also dropped in the new stop search app. Well done.

Now the holidays are over we...

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Police: “Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them”

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse. This is an area of policing that touches, or has touched, most of our professional lives. It accounts for a significant percentage of our calls for service, our crime investigations, our safeguarding efforts, our partnership work and of course, the offenders who we pursue, arrest and take through the criminal justice system. It makes up more than 10 per cent of 999 calls and more than 50 per cent of reports of violent crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe

More victims are seeking our assistance than ever before.  National data suggests reporting has risen by over 60 per cent since 2014 yet it is still under-reported and our recent crime data integrity inspection highlights that we have some improvements to make in how we record some offences.

While domestic abuse is complex and there are no quick fix...

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Police: We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.

There have been a number of serious stabbings of which 10 have resulted in deaths since May. For the first time in seventeen years, WMP discharged a firearm, injuring a man. In the early hours of Tuesday morning officers in an unmarked car were shot at. I am aware these events will concern local people and I want to set out West Midlands Police’s approach to these serious matters and how the public can help us.

Where people have been killed or seriously injured our thoughts are always on caring and supporting their loved ones and bringing those responsible to justice. While I cannot comment in detail upon the current investigations, West Midlands Police has a very good record of catching and convicting people who commit these violent acts.

If you engage in knife and gun crime you can expect to be caught and serve a very long sentence.

In the cases of the recent knife crime offences there is...

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Police: We are all talking about demand

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?”

We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you. We could always get better but please be assured that when it comes to the current challenge around demand on the force we are definitely all talking about it and working to tackle it.

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In the last few weeks demand on the force has been huge. Our 999 calls have risen by 15 per cent from January to June in comparison to 2016.

We always knew summer would be a busy time that would put us under pressure but it has been significant with an increased level of security followed by a high volume of serious incidents. This is a national trend with a similar strain across most forces. The weekend of the 7- 9 July is the busiest I have seen in the seven years I have been here.

That has required us for a period, as some of you may have heard me say, to put “everyone on the tills”. NPUs committed to taking over P3 logs. We have also carried out some concerted days of action on...

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Police: Guest Blog- ACC Sarah Boycott: My first two months

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Having been with WMP for about two months now, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my first impressions and thoughts and provide answers to some of the questions you’ve raised with me, when I’ve been out and about.

I started with WMP on 15th May, having come from Cheshire Police, where I was a Temporary ACC. You can read more about my background here.

On my arrival, I went straight into meeting as many of you across the force as possible. I’m still in the middle of this and if you see me visiting your area in the coming weeks, please feel free to stop and chat, as so many of you have already – I’m keen to know your views.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott

My first impression of WMP is that it feels like a big family. I arrived to a really warm welcome and have been impressed by the hard work and professionalism I’ve seen from so many of you, in a variety of roles and places.

So far I’ve visited colleagues in Coventry, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley and dates are arranged to go to the...

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Police: “I am very grateful for your continued hard work”

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

I was hoping to see as many of you as possible through the roadshows. As we postponed them until the Autumn because of big demands on the force I want to give you an update around where we currently are and where the focus of our attention needs to be now.

Dave ThompsonWhen I became the Chief Constable I set out my vision for West Midlands Police of “Preventing Crime, protecting the public and helping those in need”. It’s fair to say a lot has happened in the world since then, much of which continues to reinforce the need for our vision and values. They are also factors that have made our task much harder.  The recent attacks in London and Manchester demonstrate that our society faces a sustained and determined threat from terrorism. The pace and scale of the threat is unprecedented and is one that will not be going away anytime soon.

There has been a significant rise in demand recently which we are seeing across the country. During a recent weekend we took more 999 calls on Saturday and Sunday than any...

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Police: Stepping up to protect the public

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

_DSC6451The events in Manchester I talked about in the last blog have sadly been proven not to be unprecedented. The London Bridge attack and the terror attack on those coming from prayers at Finsbury Mosque in London have shocked the nation and saw the force act through Operation Decisive.  Everyone in West Midlands Police wants to prevent an attack in our region.

Once again you have all stepped up to offer the protection the public have needed and been embraced by the public. You have also kept normal business going. This is a huge strain and do not think that I am not aware of the impact on you and your families. This is also a sustained and determined threat that is not going away anytime soon. We are and must remain in a heightened state of readiness.

A different issue emerged from London Bridge; policing became at last a serious political issue. It arose from incredible bravery from BTP and Met officers who stood between attackers and the public. Their actions have been humbling and like me I am sure you count yourself as honoured to...

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Police: The best of humanity in the face of such horror

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Like everyone in the country I am lost for words after the events in Manchester on Monday night. It is a depraved act of violence against families, young people and children.

We can all identify with victims and their families. Manchester is my home city and I have visited the arena many times with my own family. As details of the victims emerge it will be unbearable.

In this moment of great sadness and anger we also see the best of humanity. The response of Greater Manchester Police colleagues and other emergency services has been outstanding. I have offered the GMP chief constable any support he needs from us in the next few days, weeks and months ahead.

They have made us proud._DSC6561

As part of the national counter-terrorism network we are active in supporting the operation.

On Tuesday the threat level moved to critical, the first time in ten years. At this point I want to reiterate our mission: Preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.

We are facing a sustained and determined threat. Our first...

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Police: My welcome to the Fed in Birmingham

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

This is the speech I gave welcoming members of the Police Federation at their conference in Birmingham this week.

“Welcome to the West Midlands.

“It is an honour to welcome you to Birmingham and the West Midlands. Birmingham is known as the city of one thousand trades and it is great to welcome the practitioners of the craft of policing to the city.

“Birmingham is a fantastic city nothing like the concrete jumble of the past. 1.1 million People live in Birmingham and 2.8 million in the force area. 46% population of the population is under 30 making us Europe’s youngest city and 47% of the population is from Black or ethnic minority communities making us one of the most diverse cities and regions in the UK. It is a great place.

“Policing this region is challenging for West Midlands Officers. We face a full range of policing challenges ranging from one of the busiest road systems, highly diverse communities, organised crime, and international terrorism to everyday neighbourhood issues. We are also a force that, like your own, is...

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