Meeting Wolverhampton’s Top Cop!

On Friday 8th June 2018 I met with Wolverhampton’s Chief Police Officer where we discussed issues of importance for Wednesfield North.

It was a full and frank discussion as they say!

I was impressed with Chief Superintendent Meir and the kind way she received me.  The meeting covered a range of issues relating to Policing in Wednesfield North. I spoke with Wolverhampton’s top cop about concerns I had over the way that the force communicated with elected members. We spoke about how the force was stretched. Its lack of resources, and I was able to inform her of the support the City Council showed, when Full Council in September last year called for more Government support for West Midlands Police.

I raised a number of local issues that had been nagging away at me relating to the West Midlands Police poor response to constituents problems. I didn’t mince my words on these issues.

I gave details about two cases relating to burglary that I was deeply unhappy about.

I raised further concerns about the poor communications I had experienced myself. I was critical of the 101 telephone number. I informed the Chief that my constituents didn’t want to see the closure of Wednesfield Police Station. That I and my constituents felt strongly about this.

Chief Superintendent Meir responded to all these and more issues. I am expecting to have these issues I raised, responded too later in correspondence. I very much appreciated the ‘face to face’ meeting which allowed me to make my case  in person. The meeting lasted an hour.

I want to thank the Chief Superintendent for the polite way that she conducted our meeting.

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