Solihull Councillor backs plans to transfer PCC powers to West Midlands Mayor - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Councillor backs plans to transfer PCC powers to West Midlands Mayor

Solihull Editorial 15th Dec, 2023   0

A SOLIHULL Councillor has thrown her support behind plans to transfer powers from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to the West Midlands Mayor – saying its ‘an opportunity to rethink and reinvigorate the approach to Policing and Community safety.’

St Alphege councillor, Samantha Gethen, has backed the move, which has been approved by the Home Secretary, James Cleverly, for Andy Street, the Mayor to take charge of Policing and Crime Management in the region from next May’s election.

This would see the current PCC, Simon Foster, whose job it is to ensure West Midlands Police is effective, efficient, and accountable to the public, outed.

The Conservative Councillor wrote on her website: “Moving the oversight to the West Midlands Mayor could bring several advantages as the Mayor could ensure a more integrated approach to crime and safety, aligning with the wider strategic needs and priorities of the region.

“There can be better coordination between different services and sectors, such as health, education, and housing, which all play a role in addressing the root causes of crime.”

She also called into question Mr Foster’s plans to close 30 police stations across the region, including Solihull Police Station, saying it has raised concerns about public safety.




Coun Gethen said: “The presence of a centrally located Police Station not only serves as a critical point for operational activities but also symbolises safety and accessibility for the community. This is particularly important in a town centre, which typically faces a diverse range of issues.

“Residents would like to see an increase in Police presence in the town centre.


“More officers on the ground can lead to improved response times, increased visibility which often acts as a deterrent to crime, and better community-police relations.

“The St Alphege Neighbourhood Police Team hold beat surgeries, where residents can directly interact with officers, it is a commendable approach to community policing.

“It fosters a sense of trust and cooperation between the police and the public.

“These interactions can be instrumental in understanding and addressing Community concerns, gathering local intelligence, and building a safer environment.

“Overall, the shift of powers to the West Midlands Mayor presents an opportunity to rethink and reinvigorate the approach to policing and community safety in the region.

“By focusing on accountability, community engagement, and innovative strategies, there is potential to enhance the sense of safety and security for the residents of St Alphege, Solihull, and the wider West Midlands area.”

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