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Phil B Police res 20Sept2017

Wolverhampton Council – Calls For More Police Funding!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today This is the Resolution I placed before Wolverhampton City Council – on Neighbourhood Policing on Wednesday.

“The City of Wolverhampton Council is concerned about the ability of the West Midlands Police as it is currently funded to continue to deliver the sort of proper Community and Neighbourhood Policing that keeps our City safe.
We note the Chief Constable’s recent comments that the force is very stretched, and that he may not be able to deliver ‘neighbourhood policing’.
We therefore request that the Police and Crime Commissioner urgently demand
increased funding from Government to meet the needs and requirements of West
Midlands Police and the Chief Constable and return confidence in Policing to our City.
We call on the Government to provide the resources that tackles the changing face of crime, protects our residents and their property, delivers better and safer policing, in an age when large Metropolitan conurbations also have to protect themselves from terrorism.”

The City Council debated the resolution and all 60 Councillors including the City Conservatives supported the motion. The Conservatives though were just a little concerned about the ’emotion’, but I appealed to them to support the motion and they did!

Here is the speech I gave on Wednesday night!

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“This city Council does not debate the standards of Policing in this City often enough in my humble opinion, but that is in itself a for debate another day/
In Moving the motion on your order paper I strongly feel that we have to have police numbers to reflect the crime that is taking place.
During this summer period my frustration was that there were numbers of consecutive days when my Ward of Wednesfield North did not have either a Police Constable or a Police Community Support Officer on duty.

I estimated that this happend at least a couple of days every week. When you go days at a time when your Sgt is not in situ it gets harder to get a response from the Officers when you email information or make requests around crime.

So if I pass information on to my Police team electronically about issues, you can wait a week or longer to get a response. There are no Local Police stations that are open in Wednesfield. Making contact with the Police is a real chore. That what my constituents tell me.

Senior Police Officers are shrinking from sight, you never see anyone other than a PC and a Sgt, the link between the force and the public is getting more and more remote. The reason is clearly because the police numbers are shrinking, and shrinking. The thin blue line is getting thinner and thinner!

In March 2017 Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary for Policing in England and Wales said that policing was in a “potentially perilous state” as government cuts lead to investigations being shelved, vulnerable victims being let down and tens of thousands of dangerous suspects remaining at large.”

I want to question where this lack of Government funding is taking us!

Serving Officers are currently unhappy at the way the Government has axed thousands of Police Officers from their ranks. We are reading of their comments in the national press, and in the social media.

The HMIC said, Some Police forces are reclassifying high-risk domestic abuse victims to a lower level of concern.

Police Officers is some forces are being assigned to investigations that they are not qualified to conduct, the HMIC found, while other forces are struggling to get to grips with the volume of wanted suspects – including murderers, rapists and violent offenders.

Around a third of domestic abuse cases across England and Wales are being shelved because the victim does not support police action – this rises to 50% in five of the 43 forces, which has led to concern at HMIC that officers are not properly discharging their responsibilities in a bid to slash their workload.

HMIC also issued a warning that a shortage of detectives and investigators amounts to a “national crisis”.

There is a great swell of Public Opinion that wants to see MORE police officers not less on the local beats and active in our communities. The Prime Minister who was Home Office Secretary for 6 years and who as Prime Minister has driven forward more Police cuts, needs to know that we all want to be safe!

We all want to be safe from crime, we all want to see crime solved quicker, and at better rates than they currently are now here in the West Midlands. We all want to be safe from terrorism also. I also want to see more PC’s and PCSO’s in Wednesfield not less.

We do not want our Police here in Wednesfield or the West Midlands to be in a perilous state.

I can inform you that in the days I formulated this resolution in July and August we had gangs issues in WN .There were reports of knives, Macheti attacks and a youth with a gun to his head!

During this period I had call to phone 101= I couldn’t contact the police through 101, and had to finally dial 999

The public were very concerned. There are no police for days, officers have told me they are embarrassed by the situation. There are Logs that have never been investigated.

It’s a regular occurrence on the Ashmore Park estate…no police, no PCSO’s, as our neighbourhood police get dispatched to yet another West Midlands Town.

This Government needs to know as our PCC needs to know . Residents are unnerved, they are scared, they want a better police presence. I have written to my MP, Now I am seeking a support from the City Council I move the motion! I urge all 60 City Councillors to support it!.”

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Wolverhampton City Council – Inadequate Police Funding for City?

Residents of Wednesfield North and those that read my social media sites will know that for a long period now I have been concerned about West Midlands Police and their ability to police our communities in a way that carry’s our broadest community support. We have had a difficult time in Wednesfield this summer.

Many of you as residents have told me that you are concerned that this Ward is not receiving the Police support it has in the past.

Your three Wednesfield North Councillors – Rita, Mary and I, have heard your concerns.

We have acted together as your Councillors and this resolution which will appear on the City Council Agenda in my name. It will be debated (next Wednesday, 20th September, 2017, 5.45 pm) at City Full Council – the resolution was put together to address those concerns you have as a community.

It’s not only Wednesfield that is suffering through stretched Police resources. It’s the whole of our City! That is why the resolution is couched in these terms.

Now you too can help.

You can address your views directly to me, or you can make your concerns known on Facebook and Twitter!

If we are to get the right police resources for our City, The Police & Crime Commissioner must be made aware of our feelings, and he must in turn make the strongest case that can be mustered to alert the Government. Short changing Wolverhampton and denuding us of police cover is not making Wolverhampton or Wednesfield Safer, it is having quite the opposite affect! – Tell me what you think!

Resolution to Wolverhampton City Council – Neighbourhood Policing

“The City of Wolverhampton Council is concerned about the ability of the West Midlands Police as it is currently funded to continue to deliver the sort of proper Community and Neighbourhood Policing that keeps our City safe.

We note the Chief Constable’s recent comments that the force is very stretched, and that he may not be able to deliver ‘neighbourhood policing’.

We therefore request that the Police and Crime Commissioner urgently demand
increased funding from Government to meet the needs and requirements of West
Midlands Police and the Chief Constable and return confidence in Policing to our City.

We call on the Government to provide the resources that tackles the changing face of crime, protects our residents and their property, delivers better and safer policing, in an age when large Metropolitan conurbations also have to protect themselves from terrorism.”

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Policing Debate Heats Up!

Back in July I wrote to the Leader of the Wolverhampton City Council and The Police and Crime Commissioner, setting out in very strong detail, the concerns I have for Neighbourhood Policing in Wednesfield North and within the City of Wolverhampton.

They were very strong and forthright views I sent. That is why I am pleased to receive the following briefing note from the PCC just a few days ago. On the 14th August 2017 – The Police and Crime Commissioner distributed his briefing note to Councillors.
It was headed –

Taking the fight for funds to Westminster – He says in this note that – “Here in the West Midlands we have watched as our policing budget has been slashed by central government to the tune of £145 million over the last 7 years. It means we’ve lost nearly 2000 officers. Many, including me, say enough is enough.

That’s why I decided to use the Annual General meeting of Police and Crime Commissioners in London to press Government Minister Nick Hurd over funding for policing in our region. This was a question and answer session with the newly appointed Minister of Policing and Fire and I had plenty to ask.
It’s a well-known fact urban forces, with bigger populations, suffer from higher crime rates. That’s why I pressed him on ensuring money for police forces is distributed more fairly.

Demands on West Midlands Police have been particularly high in recent months after an increase in terror threats, cyber and knife crime nationally. During the Manchester terror attacks our officers were deployed to assist local efforts in maintaining security in the North West.
We didn’t hesitate in helping our friends. But co-operation of this sort, whilst vital, stretches policing around the country.
That’s why I also called on Mr Hurd to reassure all of us that funding will be available to enable this to continue. I am not alone in my calls for increased funding. Other Police and Crime Commissioners share equal concerns.

Was he listening to us? I hope so.

Mr Hurd appeared to hear the concerns raised on the day. He talked about an increased strain and worry amongst the public regarding the changing nature of crimes. What’s more, he asked all the Commissioners to submit evidence backing up their calls for more money and promised it was something the government was looking closely at. I will be making the case for the West Midlands very strongly indeed.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added…The Minister asked for evidence to back up the call for more resources for West Midlands Police. I believe you the public have that evidence tell me on this page what your real thoughts are on the police? No Swearing! I want to send him your views in a cut and paste….so let’s make your comments trend!

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West Midlands Police – Want to see You!

“West Midlands Police have contacted me” said Cllr Phil Bateman, ” They want to recruit from within our community. If you are interested please read on, this is what they contacted me with!”

You’ve told us you want to hear from us, why not join us and be part of our presence in your community?

We’re opening our doors again, from Saturday (12 August), to recruit the next generation of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to serve the region’s diverse communities.

It is the second time in a year that WMP have advertised for new PCSOs, with the last round of recruitment, in January, attracting over 1,000 applications for 80 posts. The successful candidates are due to begin their training from September 2017 and will be patrolling the streets by October 2017.

The new recruits will be based across the West Midlands and successful candidates will be at the heart of neighbourhood policing, becoming the friendly face of the force throughout the region.

PCSOs provide a visible police presence within their local communities by conducting patrols to help prevent crime, to keep people safe from harm and to increase trust and confidence in West Midlands Police.

Applicants do not need specific formal qualifications to apply for the role, however anyone keen to consider a career as a PCSO should have a good standard of education and an ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally.

Applications are welcome from people aged 18 or over.

Recruitment closes to all applicants on 25 August.

To view more details, visit: https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/

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Keep Your Property Safe!

West Midlands Police inform me that there have been a number of Burglaries which have been reported in Wolverhampton over the current weeks.

Burglary prevention keep homes and property safe,one out of three burglary thieves do not have to use force getting into your property, they do so through an open door or window.
This is useful advice and I would urge residents in Wednesfield North to be aware and thoughtful about your property and its access.

If you see anything suspicious please report it quickly to the Police using the 101 nu

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Police Seize Suspicious vehicle!

Following a tip off by a local resident, I contacted the Wednesfield Police today to report a car that was suspiciously parked on Ashmore Park. Wednesfield Police attended swiftly and I am now informed by the local police team that they have seized the car.

I want to thank the local resident for contacting me…..well done!

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Transport Has A Remarkable Memory Man!

As many of you will know, I worked in Public Transport for many years, I was mightily impressed when National Express told me about the latest protection for passengers. There is this remarkable man and his remarkable memory, I bet after you have read this you will be as impressed as I was!

“The Safer Travel superpower IDs a thousand suspects. Safer Travel PCSO Andy Pope West Midlands Safer Travel Police’s “memory man” has now successfully identified 1,000 crime suspects.

Police Community Support Officer Andy Pope has spotted 250 crime suspects in just one year, using his “superpower” – a remarkable ability to recognise faces of some of the region’s most wanted people.

The PCSO patrols buses, trams, trains and transport hubs as part of the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership. He can remember faces from CCTV footage, stills and police briefings.

With over 300 suspects being identified for bus-related incidents and nearly 50 for train incidents, Andy has significantly contributed to the reduction of crime on the region’s transport network.

Andy says:

“I am thrilled to have identified a thousand suspects and to know I’m helping to reduce crime on public transport. It’s hard to explain exactly how I remember so many faces – they just seem to stick in my mind.

“I am responsible for a couple of busy bus corridors. It’s my job to make them as safe as possible so passengers can enjoy a pleasant journey. If anyone is causing a problem for passengers, I want to be able to recognise them and find them.”

PCSO Pope spotted two men responsible for a knifepoint robbery on a bus, where the victim was stabbed in the leg. Andy watched pictures of the suspects and later spotted them at Birmingham Moor Street. After chasing them on foot, he caught the main offender. His partner PC Steve Dawkins obtained details of the other man. He was later arrested and charged, thanks to Andy’s photographic memory.

The Safer Travel Partnership, where West Midlands Police works alongside British Transport Police and transport operators, including National Express West Midlands, has cut crime on buses, trains and trams by 70% in the last ten years.

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Policing in Wolverhampton – “Large City Forces On Their Knees”.

I recently wrote to Emma Reynolds our Member of Parliament concerning the recent ‘Queen’s Speech’ to Parliament.

Emma asked her constituents what they felt about the Governments proposals in the Queens Speech. I specifically wrote to Emma about the requirements we need about a good and well-resourced Police Force .

Emma’s response was – “Many of the results were so unanimous I’m not going to list the all separately – 9 out of 10 respondents think the NHS, social services, schools and the police are under pressure, with nearly every single person saying the NHS and police are under pressure.”

I have taken our Wednesfield issues further – In the last few weeks I have written to the Police & Crime Commissioner, and The Leader of the City Council about the city’s police resources being currently inadequate.

I continue to ask questions of the Police about our local neighbourhood policing, I will also continue to raise the issue of inadequate police resources being passed to West Midlands Police by this awful Conservative Government.

Recently the Police Federation wrote that – “Rank-and-file policing is “literally on its knees” trying to keep the public safe with the lowest number of officers for more than 30 years as emergency calls spiral to record highs.

Officers’ health and welfare are falling victim to operational demands as England’s largest forces took more 999 calls than ever before last month – with the big cities busier than they are on New Year’s Eve.

Chief officers and the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) have united to express their concerns that “unprecedented” surges in demand – exacerbated by four UK terror attacks – are “playing havoc” with staff well-being.

The under-strain service, down nearly 21,000 in number since 2010, is having to work longer shifts and abandon rest days against a backdrop of huge recorded rises in knife and gun crime.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) asked forces to compile their latest figures on 999 call volumes and crime rates after fears emerged that demand was soaring.

The data revealed an 11 per cent rise in emergency calls on last year with volumes in May and June hitting levels not previously experienced.

Forces covering London, Birmingham, Manchester and the East Midlands had their “highest-ever 999 call volumes” last month.

PFEW chair Steve White warned that his members “simply cannot keep going on as before”, citing last week’s Home Office figures showing another 985 officers lost to the service over the past year.

In the last seven years numbers of officers in the service have plummeted – from 143,734 in 2010 to 124,066 last year. The latest statistic is 123,142 for March 2017 – the lowest total since 1985.

Yet he points out that “crime is soaring” – with knife offences up 20 per cent to their highest in seven years – alongside a 23 per cent increase in gun crime. “And that’s not taking into account the recent terror attacks,” added Mr White.

“Our members are literally on their knees trying to keep the public safe – forces are trying to meet demand with the lowest number of police officers since 1985.

“Rest days are being cancelled because of operational need and all this is playing havoc with officers’ health and welfare. But now we’ve further evidence that demand is still rising, literally through the roof.

“These figures paint an extremely worrying picture and are yet further evidence, if any was needed, that policing has reached crisis point.”

So the evidence mounts that here in Wolverhampton North East the MP and her constituents feel that the Police is not being delivered enough resources to deliver enough police to serve and protect our City of Wolverhampton properly.

The Professional Police Organisations representing Chief Officers and the Police Federation representing the rank & file police officers are saying loud and clear that the forces are at breaking point.

I know that sometimes for days at a time my Ward of Wednesfield North doesn’t see a Policeman or a PCSO.

They get sent to other towns when the policing gets tough. It’s bad when the police pray for rain to dampen tensions and reduce the calls on the force. Yet that is what is happening.

We all look to our brave police and PCSO’s to uphold our law and our civilisation. We must all pressure the Prime Minister and her Conservative Government to urgently give more resource’s to West Midlands Police so that our city is made safer….. and quickly!

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“We Need an Effective Police Force – Carry’s the Community With Them”

The Police are crucial to the way that our society works. Yet the fact is that we are here (in the suburbs) seeing less police on the beat in our communities than at any other time I can remember.

What on earth has happened to the much vaunted community policing?

I have been a Councillor in Wednesfield North for some thirty years. I remember PC Brian Tew, on the beat, in the schools, taking the role of School Governor, and always seen at local events. The community knew him, he lived locally, and he knew what was taking place. PC Tew also knew who was doing what, and who were up to no good! In fact he was a really good Copper.

Brian retired and his role was taken by PC Garry Matthews, again he was a local lad, went to school in the community, knew what was taking place, Garry attended community meetings. Everyone knew him, no problems in telling him what was shaking down!

Today here in Wednefield North the community policing is haphazard, the police are at full stretch.

Sometimes for days at a time my Ward of Wednesfield North doesn’t see a Policeman or a PCSO. They get sent to other towns when the policing gets tough. Its bad when the police prays for rain to dampen tensions and reduce the calls on the force. Yet that is what is happening.

When you phone West Midlands Constabulary to report a crime in your neighbourhood, you have to go through 101, and the bad news stories of that Police service are now legendary. Consequently the confidence drains from the community, minor crime goes unreported. The Police lose valuable information, and the intelligence gathering becomes poorer.

In the West Midlands when crime occurs we have grown up to expect a Police officer to be on the scene.

That is not the case no longer. It appears that certain Police Logs are dropped. Crime is set in category; the Police decide whether they turn out or not! The Citizen who pays for the Police through Income Tax and Counciltax is left frustrated.

More than that they feel angry that when they are exposed to crime that the force they pay for is either slow, or non – existent.

Now I am keen that Wolverhampton City Council debate these issues. I am certain that Wednesfield North is not the only community alone with all these frustrations. Every community in the City must have these difficulties, many must have a worse tale to tell than our own ‘low crime’ Ward.

Being a City Councillor is an important role. It’s my firm belief that I should, where I can reflect, the concerns of the electorate.

It is my strong view that we should now have a serious debate in Wolverhampton about the Police service.
We should air our views as a City about West Midlands Police numbers. As a City Council we should be looking to reviewing the Police and the way they function in our City at the moment. The Police & Crime Commissioner must be made aware of how we here in Wolverhampton view the service we are getting for the payments we are making. Wolverhampton should not be afraid to air the truth about current policing.

The Government must also get the message. It is so maddening to constantly read government headlines in the Local Media that tells the community that more is being spent on Policing, when every single one of us knows that the police service is on the cusp of a catastrophe.

Try telling my constituents when the police do not turn up for a crime that there is more being spent on the police! I cannot be the only Councillor in Wolverhampton that gets frustrated at the current police situation. We need to have a police force that reflects what is taking place here in Wolverhampton.

We require numbers that reflect the crime that is taking place. We need an effective police force that carry’s the community with them. We need to have confidence that those that serve us understand that we want local community policing that comes with the support of the communities. We want the police to ‘protect and to serve’.

I have written to both the Leader of the City Council, and the Police and Crime Commissioner. I shall be pursuing this issue over the Summer.

Next Wednesfield Police Meeting!

Wednesfield North residents may wish to note that this is the next meeting of the Police and Community Together meeting – the venue is Wednesfield High School…..

Wednesfield

‘Partners and Community Together’

Wednesfield High School, Lichfield Road, Wednesfield

6 pm, 11/7/2017

Sergeant Danher together with other agency partners, invite you to attend the next meeting of the Wednesfield North PACT open meeting.  You can influence the policing priorities in your Neighbourhood at the

Open meeting starting at 6 pm

You will also receive information on how crime & Anti social Behaviour are being tackled in this Neighbourhood.

For further information please contact Sergeant Martin Danher on 0845 113 5000 (m.danher@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk) or Abdul Rahim on 01902 556617 (abdul.rahim@wolverhampton.gov.uk)