David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, writes:
West Midlands Police has been hit harder than any other force in the country with £145 million cuts since 2010, and fresh real terms cuts this year too - five times harder than leafy Surrey has faced. Tories cuts have forced West Midlands Police to lose over 2,000 officers. Crime is rising and people are feeling increasingly unsafe.
Labour aren’t lying down and letting the Tories get away with it.
Your Labour elected Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson has joined Labour MPs in a campaign to ensure our force gets the funding it needs. He’s also cutting down on unnecessary paperwork and improving efficiency so officers are where the public wants them, on the streets keeping our communities safe.
Instead of helping struggling police forces, the government have given £1 billion to prop-up their shaky government by buying DUP votes.
The government have made it clear that they expect council tax payers in the West Midlands to pay millions more too - at a time when wages are stagnant and living standards are squeezed.
Despite the government not picking up the tab for police funding, council tax from the Labour-led West Midlands Police Commissioner is over £60 cheaper than the surrounding Tory shires.
Tough decisions taken by Labour locally is stabilising officer numbers.
Previous plans meant West Midlands Police was due to fall to to 6,400 officers by 2020. Under the PCC’s new plans this will stabilise at 6,500. This has been made possible by efficiencies he has driven through.
Your Labour Police and Crime Commissioner has also protected the role of local PCSOs and ensured neighbourhood policing remains a key part of what the force does. In some parts of the country neighbourhood policing and PCSOs are extinct. Despite huge pressures Labour has kept them going in the West Midlands.
Your Labour PCC has also protected funding for victims of crime in the West Midlands, working to end the postcode lottery for services such as domestic abuse support across the region.
Labour is cracking down on the gangs in the city too, with £2 million investment from the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle violent crime and its causes - including new mentoring schemes and a boost to youth services.
Make Thursday 3rd May a referendum on police cuts. Vote Labour and send a message to the government that their police cuts are making our streets unsafe.