Category Archives: Police
Two weeks ago, PC Adam Koch was badly injured as he acted together with worshipers to disarm a man attacking others at the Rogers’ Road mosque. Thankfully Adam is safe and others hurt are recovering.
To say thank you, I have decided to compete in the City of Birmingham Triathlon in Sutton Park on Sunday 21st July, to raise money for the charity that helps policemen and women hurt in the line of duty, and their families. The West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund distributes money to both serving and retired officers who find themselves suffering financial hardship and in need of assistance.
PC Adam Koch showed immense bravery in the line of duty protecting our community. Ever since I was elected I’ve campaigned for more help for our police teams; the men and women who tackle the poison of drugs, help us and keep our children safe.
I want to show how much I and the people of Birmingham appreciate the work of West Midland Police Force. It’s one small way we can say thank you to those who will do anything and everything to keep us safe.
You can donate by emailing your pledge to email@example.com or sending a cheque payable to the West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund, care of Liam’s office at the House of Commons.
Liam Byrne, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill today expressed a warning about police cuts as figures show that police numbers are already falling across the region.
The latest Police Service Strength survey is out and every force in the West Midlands is down
West Mids Region 3.2%
West Mercia 5.8% (biggest fall in the country)
West Midlands 2.4%
Liam has campaigned for more police since his election in 2004 and celebrated in 2010 with news that Shard End Police team was to double in size, Washwood Heath Police numbers had doubled from 27 in 2006 – 2007 to 54 in 2010.
Crime has fallen year on year. In 2009 it fell by 13% for the second year in a row.
‘We know that more police equals less crime, nowhere is this more obvious than in Hodge Hill where the Police have done a tremendous job bringing crime down. I am gravely concerned that in their haste to save money, the Tories are going to reverse that trend bringing misery for local residents.
Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, responding to the Police Service Strength statistics released by the Home Office today, said:
“These figures highlight what we already knew – that choices being made by this Tory-led Government mean cuts to police numbers across the country. We committed to protect frontline policing in our manifesto but this Conservative-led Government seems to be intent on seeing fewer police officers tackling crime and anti-social behaviour on our streets. Our big worry is that this is only the start of what could become much worse news on police numbers.”
“These figures highlight what we already knew – that choices being made by this Tory-led Government mean cuts to police numbers across the country. We committed to protect frontline policing in our manifesto but this Conservative-led Government seems to be intent on seeing fewer police officers tackling crime and anti-social behaviour on our streets. Our big worry is that this is only the start of what could become much worse news on police numbers’
Press Statement – BIRMINGHAM LABOUR MPs
IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16/12/2010
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE HIT HARDER THAN LOW CRIME SURREY
270 EXPERIENCED OFFICERS TO GO BY MARCH
The West Midlands Police is one of the top two hardest hit in the country. The least hard hit force will be Surrey. As a result of the unfair financial settlement the West Midlands Police Authority have approved implementation of Regulation A19 – which will mean 270 of West Midlands most experienced Police officers will go by March.
The Birmingham Labour MPs have released the following statement:
“This is a bitter blow for the West Midlands Police and the people they serve. Residents of Birmingham and the West Midlands will be absolutely stunned that their police service is being hit harder than low-crime Surrey. So much for we’re all in this together.
“We know that as a result of these cuts there will be fewer bobbies on the beat and their ability to prevent crime, solve cases and protect the public will be diminished.”
“Only today, the West Midlands Police Authority have announced that up to 270 of their most experienced Police officers are to go by March, with another 800 police officers expected to be lost in the coming years.”
“The West Midlands is a high need area with big challenges for the police and communities alike, and it is being treated less favourably than low-crime Surrey. These cuts risk rising crime, despite the best efforts of the Police service.”
“We met with the Police Minister, Nick Herbert, last week to ask for a fair deal for the West Midlands and yet the announcement is worse than feared, with bigger cuts in 2012-2013 than anyone expected. This settlement is completely unfair and unjust, we will continue to pressure the Government to think again”
Notes to editors:
- The headline figure for all police authorities is a reduction in funding in 2011/12 of 5.1% and a further reduction in funding in 2012/13 of 6.7%.
2. This approach further disadvantages WMPA because government grant represents 87% of the total WMPA funding, with council tax making up the remaining 13%. In effect, 87% of WMPA total funding is reducing by 5.1%, equivalent to a reduction in overall resources of 4.1%. This is in stark contrast to an authority with a lower proportion of government grant within their overall funding.
- The reduction in overall funding for Surrey is just 1.5%, compared to 4.1% for West Midlands due to gearing.
- Formula damping in 2011/12 lost West Midlands £27m, whereas Surrey gained £4m.
- Between 2006/07 and 2012/13, West Midlands has lost £279m to formula damping. Over the same period Surrey has gained by £21m.
6. Police authorities are funded through a national funding formula which reflects relative needs of each area, and hence gives a different amount of funding for each authority. However, the Home Office has once more not implemented in full the results of the national funding formula, choosing instead to give the same level of reduction to all authorities. Had the national funding formula been implemented in full, the funding for West Midlands would have been £27m higher in 2011/12, and £23m higher in 2012/13.
One of the issues I promised to campaign on at the last election was for a tougher fight against drugs.
Today, I had the privilige of meeting our new Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe at my Hodge Hill offices. I was able to thank ACC Rowe for the sterling work of our local neighbourhood police teams – and underline how vitally important we believe see the fight against drugs to be.
ACC Rowe has massive experience to bring to Birmingham from the Met in London. I’m glad we’ll have that experience on hand in our fight against the dealers trying to profit from poison.