This week is a summary blog.
First, the new Custody Block at Oldbury. I was genuinely delighted to open the new building. It is without question the most modern facility of its type anywhere in the country. Having worked so hard to deliver the building I am very pleased with the work the project team and the team at Criminal Justice have done in order to make sure new operating processes are embedded and early snags are fixed.
The building is very symbolic as it is the first of a series of big changes we will make in 2016. The others are following very quickly now. We have created this videoÂ in order to show you what is coming in 2016-17. This week we saw the start of the body worn video roll out to response teams in Birmingham South and Solihull. In a few weeks we will make the decisions on the mobility programme which is thriving in Birmingham North and East.
A great way to catch up on what is coming is the WMP2020 Live events we have set out. This is a new way to present the Â Chiefâ€™s Road show as we felt we needed a deeper event this year and one where you get to ask the questions you want answering. Â Myself and the Deputy will be doing an input on the days every hour and you can come and speak to us in smaller groups, (and decide if you believe she is in fact 5ft 3â€; the determination bit is not in question)! There are still spaces but some days are now pretty full so book soon by following this link. It promises to be a really great set of days.
One area you will be able to learn more about is how the People Deal is coming together. Thank you so much for contributing. Â It is the best online staff engagement for anything we have done as a force. The infographic here shows the impressive level of engagement.
The staff who worked on the deal and the leadership promise, and are your guardians for it, have completed their work and will be sharing it this month with senior leaders so we can agree it. We will launch this in May at a leadership conference we are running. I am very pleased by the work and I hope you will be. It will be front and centre at the WMP2020 live event.
As we launch the People Deal and leadership promise we will start focusing on developing some of the other areas in my vision speech. There will be an extended leadership event in May to examine how we are meeting the values of â€œI challenge unreasonable and discriminatory behaviourâ€ andÂ â€œI want to work in a diverse teamâ€.Â The day will be an in-depth discussion on the next steps for fairness for our diverse staff. We will follow this with the work on public trust.Â Fairness inside the force is about making sure we display fairness outside.Â
Change is important and critical to communicate. Day to day business is no less important. The last few weeks have been very busy again. There is a big demand in the Homicide Teams who I am indebted to for their work in a very busy year. Good work again has been shown in the recent demonstrations in the force. I was delighted to make my first formal Chief Constableâ€™s visit to the CTU. Each department and LPU will have a half day each year, in addition to ad-hoc visits, to show me whatever they want. The CTU is incredibly busy at the moment. I also had an enjoyable evening on patrol in Dudley where the great work of neighbourhood was on show. This week I am visiting Shared Services and HR.
Finally, we have entered the period of PCC elections. In the next few weeks policing in the West Midlands will be discussed in detail. It is very important we observe this debate and in May we will sit down to examine the elected PCCâ€™s manifesto to help further shape the next five years.
*Please note some of the above links are only accessible to WMP employees.