Tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and a recent surge in drink spiking were top of the agenda when Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister visited Birmingham.
Croydon MP Sarah Jones went on patrol with police officers and Assistant PCC Tom McNeill at the German Christmas Market and learned about how they were policing the market following its return to Birmingham after two years.
Sarah also spoke to Nicky Brennan, the first ever Victims’ Commissioner in the West Midlands. Sarah and Nicky spoke to nightclub owners about how Southside BID were working to protect vulnerable patrons following an increase in drink spiking.
She also found time to talk to Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster about his plans to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.
Simon’s top priority is to recruit 450 officers and put them in the heart of our communities to fight crime and antisocial behaviour.
In our region, almost half of us have witnessed or experienced antisocial behaviour in the past year. In the West Midlands, antisocial behaviour has increased by 60% since 2015.
It’s no coincidence that this happened when the Conservative Party has taken millions of pounds out of community policing and tackling crime. West Midlands Police have lost 2,221 officers since 2010, but under Conservative plans will only be getting 1,200 back. This leaves the force missing 1,000 officers. Simon is campaigning to restore the 1000 missing officers to our streets.
Simon Foster said, “It was a pleasure to welcome Sarah to Birmingham and talk about the importance of community policing. This is a good start to ensuring our communities are safe and secure, but the best way to dramatically reduce crime would be for the Conservatives to ensure West Midlands Police have the funding they need to replace the 2,221 officers we have lost since 2010.”