Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have today issued the below statements following the sudden death of Bob Jones.
Ron Ball, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Leader of Independent PCCs, said:
â€œOn behalf of my fellow group of independent police and crime commissioners and as Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner I am deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden death of Bob Jones.
â€œBob had many great qualities that set him apart from many. He was very principled and made eloquent calm arguments in the face of often turbulent discussions and debate. He was so approachable calm and comfortable in the presence of all – he seemed to have time for everyone no matter what the political persuasion. We shall remember Bob as a man who has made a huge contribution to the policing agenda, particularly in the West Midlands, with a dedication to public service that has endured for 30 years or more. Bob we know was always striving to do the right thing – to implement views and beliefs he cared passionately for. We shall miss him greatly.
â€œHis untimely passing is a huge a loss and at this time our thoughts and deepest condolences are extended to his wife Sarah, their family, friends and colleagues.â€
Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia and his Deputy, Barrie Sheldon, said:
â€œWe are very saddened to hear of the death of Bob Jones and we would like to send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
â€œThis is a considerable loss for the people of West Midlands. He was a very experienced politician who has made many valuable contributions to the new role of Police and Crime Commissioner.â€
Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker and West Mercia Police Chief Constable David Shaw, both added: â€œWe have been deeply saddened and shocked today to learn of the sudden death of Bob Jones. On behalf of both Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police we would like to offer our deepest condolences to Bobâ€™s family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time.”