Police and Crime In Wednesfield.

Police and Crime – Taken from a Wednesfield North Ward report to be published in the next few days.

Wednesfield North Labour City Councillors have campaigned for the whole year for more resources for West Midlands Police, and we have campaigned strongly also to keep the Wednesfield Police Station open.

I am proud of the way that we have worked with Wednesfield Police, providing help and support for their initiatives where and when we can. We have also campaigned to get speed cut on a number of roads across the Ward. Save the Wednesfield Police station – which has been hard campaign. I think this can be viewed at the moment as a partial success, as it hasn’t closed completely. It is still being used by the Neighbourhood Police. Though it is disappointing that we still have not been able to persuade the Police to open the station to the public. In total I have written – on behalf of my Councillor colleagues. Some 148 individual Police and crime correspondence/email in the course of this year. As Labour Councillors we are concerned about the levels of crime and the poor force numbers. What to me is sad though is that from December 2018 through to November 2019- The latest Police UK statistics for Wednesfield are these. Many may feel that they are indeed low for the expectations the public have, as to how the Police should be protecting them – and their property.
• Total number of crimes are 2297.
• Of these crimes 1639 offences had No Further Action against them.
• That is 80% of those crimes reported.
• There was 3.38% of offenders dealt with by the Police.
• Sent to Court were just 4.70%.
• 5.78% of those were dealt with by a Court.
• That equates to just 118 persons getting justice
These are the reasons whilst we have been campaigning to the Government for more Police and more Police resources.

Sadly, with the GE2019 gone, and West Midlands Police struggling to recruit. It looks like 2020, will be much like all the other past years for Wednesfield. I just do not know how the public puts up with it! Final word on this- Wednesfield is a low crime Ward here in our city- Thankfully! I would like to say that the few Neighbourhood Police and PCSO’s we have, do a really great job. Its just there is not enough of them! Source -Crime stats (Police.UK)

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more