Mike Rumble is an Independent Candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner elections on the 15 November this year is a historic opportunity to empower the electorate of the West Midlands. It is a genuine chance for the people to voice their concerns and direct exactly what issues, they want their police service to focus their resources upon.
We have some of the finest police officers and civilian staff in the country serving in the West Midlands but due to political medalling, the morale of these officers is at an all time low. 20% budget cuts with more expected in the next few years have brought the service to a near crisis point. The recent report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) – Policing in Austerity – one year on, highlights the real concerns about 6% fewer police officers will be on front line roles and state that “Budget cuts are a threat to the long term sustainability of forces to effectively tackle crime and provide the level of service the public rightly expect and deserve”.
If elected, I will do everything in my power to support the staff of the West Midlands Police and, importantly in doing so, I will be supporting the residents of the West Midlands, making sure your voice is heard and that the officers deliver the service we so rightly deserve. As the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner I will put in place an immediate halt to the reduction of police and civilian staff. I will also cancel current proposals to contract out parts of the police service to private security companies.
I will instead work with the Chief Constable; the Police Federation, PCSO’s and support staff unions to modernise business and work practices that free officers to patrol our streets, be proactive and innovative wherever possible and reactive when the public need them.
I will also address the public concern about police investigating police complaints. I will negotiate with the Chief Constable to return the police investigators to front line policing and replace them with independent non-police investigators, so that the public can have confidence that complaints are investigated impartially.
I have also set up an on line petition on my website, to have all registered sex offenders GPS tagged whilst they are out in the community. That way we can track where they are in real time and make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our children. You can sign up to the campaign by logging on to my home page.
Politicians have in the main lost the respect and trust of the public and I believe that it is imperative that we make sure that politicians of whatever party do not take control of our police service.
I firmly believe that voting for me as an Independent candidate will provide a truly independent voice for the residents of the West Midlands and job security for police service employees.
Please visit my web site www.mikerumblewmpcc.co.uk for more information and updates.