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Police: After a frustrating 12 months it’s time to take more risk, be agile and be innovative

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

This week is my first back in 2018 as I took the week off after New Year.

Dave ThompsonCan I thank all the staff who worked over Operation Silent Night. As a smaller force we need to draw on roles across the force to deal with peaks in demand. I am aware some of you were in unusual duties. I got the chance to speak to a number of you on New Year’s Eve and we were embracing the one team effort. The Christmas period was well managed in terms of demand, so thank you.

I am afraid Christmas and New Year saw some nasty assaults on officers, which can never be regarded as acceptable. As of this week I shall be submitting an impact statement as part of any prosecution file where one of our officers or staff is assaulted. This has had a good impact in West Yorkshire where the idea originated.

We have been working closely with CPS in our region to get it right and will be making sure for each prosecution of an assault on one of our officers or staff, that the court understands the impact this...

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Police: Why the West Midlands is the place to be

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! I have recorded a separate Christmas message so I will not repeat it here. This blog is an end of year round up.

Dave ThompsonLadies and gentlemen the West Midlands is THE PLACE! I am absolutely delighted to see Coventry named as 2021 City of Culture and just days later Birmingham announced as the Commonwealth Games City for 2022. This is simply huge for the region and for this force! This will generate jobs, investment and frankly give this region the profile it rightly deserves and inject a bit of swagger! I did a very large part of the Manchester Commonwealth Games operation in 2002 and can say it pulled the Greater Manchester region together and gave the city real profile. We get this twice with Coventry and Birmingham headlining.

There is a big challenge for us now to be games ready. That will mean a new dimension to our change programme to ensure we have the right facilities, technology and skills to deliver a massive and sustained security operation. It also means from this day on every...

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Police: Fine work across the force

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

There has been some fantastic news in the last few weeks I wanted to flag up.  This blog gives some quick round ups!

Firstly, the conviction of Edmunds and Surdhar for one of the most significant firearms supply operations in the country in recent years. The ammunition made by Edmunds and supplied through Dr Surdhar is linked to more than 100 shootings across the country. Their conviction has been an amazing piece of work and a big well done to the team at ROCU and colleagues who have supported across the force.

Very good progress is being made by us on the recent spate of shootings with charges now brought in the case of Mekel Sterling.

Some significant successes with six firearms seized in 24 hours on the 15th November as well as more than 200 weapons handed in through the firearms surrender. There is an intensive drum beat to keep a rapid pace on firearms intelligence so that we act quickly on opportunities.

We must keep the pressure up on weapons as I am convinced the growth in shootings of late reflects an increase in availability.


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Police: Making the right decisions, however tough

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

It’s been a busy few weeks since I updated you and a lot has gone on.

It was fantastic to meet so many of you at the WMP2020 Live sessions. About 2,500 of you came to catch up on what is happening in the force from drones to Taser. The DCC and I really enjoyed the conversations with you all and one consistent theme came up: Neighbourhood officers and NPUs are being pulled away from some of the proactive work they are doing to address grade 3 and legacy demand.

I really share the frustration; prevention is at the front of the vision for our force. In June we saw a step up in demand and had to pass some calls back into NPUs. While the overall demand has come down the level of grade one and two calls has created real challenges to change this back.

This is putting our operating model out of shape. The issue is not actually very simple to resolve and work is ongoing and we will update you in the next few weeks. Lots is being done around accountability, confidence closing logs off to looking at more scheduled...

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Police: Back to business and our mission to prevent crime and protect people

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

I hope everyone managed a break over the summer. I went on leave at the end of August in the sun and returned to a very autumnal September.

_DSC6451I am sure, like many of you, the break was needed. It was a busy summer and you only feel it when you stop. It was perhaps the last holiday with my children who have now offered a big vote of no confidence in future holidays with my wife and I.  As you can imagine we still can’t take the smile off our faces.

You all deserve a big thank you for your hard work during the summer. Operationally, I have never seen a summer like it. A huge security effort, a big spike in demand and then a rush of serious crime. This really tested our force, as it did across policing, but you should all be proud of your great work.

We swapped out the finance and shared services centres and put in the most modern technology and launched our cutting edge website which is now taking online reports. We also dropped in the new stop search app. Well done.

Now the holidays are over we...

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Police: “Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them”

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse. This is an area of policing that touches, or has touched, most of our professional lives. It accounts for a significant percentage of our calls for service, our crime investigations, our safeguarding efforts, our partnership work and of course, the offenders who we pursue, arrest and take through the criminal justice system. It makes up more than 10 per cent of 999 calls and more than 50 per cent of reports of violent crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe

More victims are seeking our assistance than ever before.  National data suggests reporting has risen by over 60 per cent since 2014 yet it is still under-reported and our recent crime data integrity inspection highlights that we have some improvements to make in how we record some offences.

While domestic abuse is complex and there are no quick fix...

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Police: We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.

There have been a number of serious stabbings of which 10 have resulted in deaths since May. For the first time in seventeen years, WMP discharged a firearm, injuring a man. In the early hours of Tuesday morning officers in an unmarked car were shot at. I am aware these events will concern local people and I want to set out West Midlands Police’s approach to these serious matters and how the public can help us.

Where people have been killed or seriously injured our thoughts are always on caring and supporting their loved ones and bringing those responsible to justice. While I cannot comment in detail upon the current investigations, West Midlands Police has a very good record of catching and convicting people who commit these violent acts.

If you engage in knife and gun crime you can expect to be caught and serve a very long sentence.

In the cases of the recent knife crime offences there is...

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Police: We are all talking about demand

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?”

We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you. We could always get better but please be assured that when it comes to the current challenge around demand on the force we are definitely all talking about it and working to tackle it.

Dave Thompson

In the last few weeks demand on the force has been huge. Our 999 calls have risen by 15 per cent from January to June in comparison to 2016.

We always knew summer would be a busy time that would put us under pressure but it has been significant with an increased level of security followed by a high volume of serious incidents. This is a national trend with a similar strain across most forces. The weekend of the 7- 9 July is the busiest I have seen in the seven years I have been here.

That has required us for a period, as some of you may have heard me say, to put “everyone on the tills”. NPUs committed to taking over P3 logs. We have also carried out some concerted days of action on...

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Police: Guest Blog- ACC Sarah Boycott: My first two months

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Having been with WMP for about two months now, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my first impressions and thoughts and provide answers to some of the questions you’ve raised with me, when I’ve been out and about.

I started with WMP on 15th May, having come from Cheshire Police, where I was a Temporary ACC. You can read more about my background here.

On my arrival, I went straight into meeting as many of you across the force as possible. I’m still in the middle of this and if you see me visiting your area in the coming weeks, please feel free to stop and chat, as so many of you have already – I’m keen to know your views.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott

My first impression of WMP is that it feels like a big family. I arrived to a really warm welcome and have been impressed by the hard work and professionalism I’ve seen from so many of you, in a variety of roles and places.

So far I’ve visited colleagues in Coventry, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley and dates are arranged to go to the...

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Police: “I am very grateful for your continued hard work”

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

I was hoping to see as many of you as possible through the roadshows. As we postponed them until the Autumn because of big demands on the force I want to give you an update around where we currently are and where the focus of our attention needs to be now.

Dave ThompsonWhen I became the Chief Constable I set out my vision for West Midlands Police of “Preventing Crime, protecting the public and helping those in need”. It’s fair to say a lot has happened in the world since then, much of which continues to reinforce the need for our vision and values. They are also factors that have made our task much harder.  The recent attacks in London and Manchester demonstrate that our society faces a sustained and determined threat from terrorism. The pace and scale of the threat is unprecedented and is one that will not be going away anytime soon.

There has been a significant rise in demand recently which we are seeing across the country. During a recent weekend we took more 999 calls on Saturday and Sunday than any...

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