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A Truly Dreadful Theft!

What a dastardly act! Poppybox collections have been stolen from across Wednesfield, including here in Wednesfield North.

It makes you want to question what life is really all about. It is so sad that people can resort to this type of theft for just a few pounds. I am sad that the Poppyday boxes have been stolen here in Wednesfield.

It leaves a bad taste in people mouth.

This is how the Express and Star are reporting the news in tonight’s evening newspaper.

Police and Community Together.

Would You Help With A Community Speed Watch?

Speed is a constant issue in Wednesfield North…there are reports of fast speeds taking place right across the Ward.

Wednesfield Police tell me that they are very willing to involve residents in their quest to quell speeds by some motorists.

Would you be prepared to take part with Wednesfield Police in a Speed Watch campaign if it took place in your street/neighbourhood.

If you would be- Please email me with your name and address and contact numbers, and I will liaise with the Police about your involvement.

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Graffiti- No Useful Evidence!

I have raised graffiti and the huge out break we are experiencing not just in Wednesfield North, but also in other parts of Wednesfield including the Village.

The Wolverhampton Homes team thought that they had a useful lead, but the Police have knocked that theory down in a message that they have sent to me which is repeated here for your attention.

West Midlands Police “As part of the investigation, officers viewed the CCTV just after the offence had occurred and there was no evidential value to the footage.”
But I am keen that we do continue to try and combat this ugly nuisance which is causing criminal damage and costing both public finances to deal with it and private financial resource as well.

If you happen to know who these people are who are painting on property, please inform the Police or contact me.

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Speeding In Or Near Your Street?! – Want to help?

I have been in contact with West Midlands Police following neighbour comment in Broad Lane North relating to the traffic speeds.

The Police are keen to recruit some local people to be part of community speedwatch. Here is what Wednesfield Police have informed me “ We would gladly welcome volunteers to assist with speedwatch.

It is a community priority and is continually raised at PACT. I am sure you are aware that I always ask for volunteers at these meetings, sadly I rarely get any.”

So if you are interested in becoming a member of the Local Speedwatch campaign…Direct Message me.Or contact me via my email address which is – email@philbateman.com

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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!