Recently I wrote to West Midlands Police about the levels of knife crime here in Wednesfield North.
I wanted to find out more about the actual knife crime situation locally. This followed some allegations made to me re an incident recently.
I have been very much reassured by the response I have received from the Police and Crime Commissioners Office and senior members of Wolverhampton Police.
I asked how many incidents involving a knife had taken place in our Ward of Wednesfield North between 2014 and 2017.
The response I have received has been very encouraging. Wolverhampton senior Police Officers tell me that
- There have been just 7 reported offences in Wednesfield North during this period
They point out that this is less than 2 offences a year, and it covers domestic related incidents as well as those in public places. While that is seven incidents too many, it is not anywhere near epidemic proportions.
I am very re-assured by those statistics. The Police go onto inform me that they do patrol public open space in the Ward, and those patrols have led to weapons being recovered on public open space, here in Wednesfield North. The police find and removal, led to the police removing weapons from our local streets. I applaud them for this action.
The Police went onto explain that they work in schools and in communities to make people aware of the dangers of knives here in Wednesfield. The PCC said he had supported and ensured that surrender bins had been supported, that has helped get hundreds of knives off the streets in the West Midlands.
I want to thank Police and Crime Commissioner Jamieson for his response, and Chief Superintendent Jane Meir and Inspector Tracey Packham for also contributing to the response letter .