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  1. Chief Cheetah

    PC Michael Chapman 14th April 2014

    Michael Chapman Police Constable West Midlands Police Died 14th April 2014, aged 48 Having cycled into work for a late shift he become unwell, he was rushed to hospital but suffered a fatal heart attack. Mick joined West Midlands Police in 1998 and served on D3 at Stechford police station and Acocks Green police station. His most recent post was on the Yardley community action and priority team (CAPT) on Birmingham east local policing unit. He was also a Federation Representative. He is survived by his wife Jayne and two daughters Paige and Grace.
  2. Plans to cut PCSO numbers by 78% in West Midlands announced 23 minutes ago From the section England Image captionThe force said it was now entering into a formal consultation period with trade unions and staff The number of police community support officers (PCSOs) in the West Midlands could fall by 78% by 2020 under proposals announced by police. Plans to cut their number to 119 were "hugely regrettable but unavoidable," said West Midlands Police (WMP). Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said PCSOs would be the first expected casualty of the government's "continued attack on policing". The Home Office said police still had sufficient resources to do their work. Changes made by the government since 2010 have made it "easier for the police to do their job" by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets, the spokesman said. What matters is "how officers are deployed and not how many of them there are in total", he added. Updates on this story and more from Birmingham & the Black Country WMP said it has 674 PCSO posts, of which 139 are currently vacant and not being advertised. These latest plans would see their number fall from 535 to 119. WMP said it has to make savings of £130m during the next five years, and that its "wholesale review of local policing" was part of a wider policing plan. 'Difficult choices' It said it had faced "unprecedented cuts since 2010" and seen more than £146m shaved off its budget. Given that wages represent more than 80% of costs, Mr Jamieson warned there was "only so much" it could do "without making difficult choices". The scale and pace of the proposed changes are dependent on a number of factors, including the government's Comprehensive Spending Review later this month, the force said. Deputy Chief Constable David Thompson said he remained clear that his force was "not pulling away from working closely" with its communities. Jill Harrison, West Midlands Police Unison branch secretary, said PCSOs had been "a real success in keeping the public safe and working to reduce crime". She warned: "Clearly the only people that are going to be happy about this are the criminals themselves." The force said it was now entering into a formal consultation period, lasting a minimum of 45 days, with trade unions and staff. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34778430 I'm not sure if I can also post the West Mids announcement in full, so here's a link: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/news2.aspx?id=3746
  3. Police force threatens to sue Theresa May over funding plans One of Britain’s largest police forces is threatening to launch a high court action against the home secretary as analysis reveals that Theresa May is secretly planning a major switch in millions of police funding from city forces to county constabularies, the Guardian can disclose. West Midlands police are considering mounting the legal challenge to the way in which May has conducted a consultation exercise on a new police funding formula being carried out without the Home Office disclosing how each force is likely to be affected. For full story please use the following link. http://gu.com/p/4c4fp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  4. Police cars with no sirens risk response times, federation says - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-34124935 Police cars with no sirens are being used for emergency responses, delaying officers and potentially preventing arrests, the Police Federation says. West Midlands Police has a fleet of 109 Vauxhall Corsa cars intended for neighbourhood policing. The Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said the vehicles had been used for more than 100 urgent calls in the last 12 months. The West Midlands force said the Corsas were "not intended for response work". The Federation's health and safety official Pete Harkness said: "Officers are ordered to drive the Corsa at patrol speed and obey the rules of the road. "But the absence of a siren means they often cannot get traffic to move out of their way and this, in turn, can delay them getting to an emergency situation. "This is very frustrating for the officers and they feel they are letting the public down by not getting to them as quickly as possible in a crisis situation." The union blames cost-cutting for the use of cars without sirens. Superintendent Kerry Blakeman, from the force's operations department, said officers who respond to call-outs in cars without sirens have to follow the Highway Code and cannot break the speed limit to cut through traffic. He said: "Incidents graded as 'immediate' are responded to as soon as possible, usually in a matter of minutes and on many occasions require the use of lights and sirens. "At no point was the Corsa intended for response work as it is a low performance vehicle." It seems to me the force is burying it head in the sand! It really doesn't matter what the vehicle is intended for either. Stop the control room deploying these patrols to immediate response incidents, potentially putting the public at risk and failing to hit response times (and that always gets the bosses attention). Or just pay the money and have the vehicles equipped correctly so they are fit for purpose. I guess this will become more of an issue as budget cuts bite even deeper.
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33868162 [VIDEO ON LINK] I note that the UK police out there have no equipment or powers. Not sure I'd fancy that role!
  6. England Man filmed trying to kick police car in Birmingham 3 hours ago A man has been filmed kicking a car - which unbeknown to him was an unmarked police vehicle. The man, who was unsteady on his feet, attacked the car while it was parked in Lionel Street, Birmingham, in the early hours of 23 May. West Midlands Police released the CCTV images, and said: "With these kinds of skills we don't think this vandal will be following a career in football anytime soon. "Both the wing mirror and passenger door were damaged during the bizarre offence." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-32995022#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa needs more practice at football!
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