- Drive down crime in all our communities.
- Increase recruitment from 450 to 1000.
- Equip our police with the best modern technology.
- Protect Neighbourhood Policing and PCSOs.
- Help build a successful West Midlands economy.
My central ambition is to keep the people of the West Midlands safe and secure by responding effectively to criminality and bringing offenders to justice.
I was born in the West Midlands and have lived here with my family for most of my life.
I qualified as a teacher at St Peter’s College, Birmingham and taught in a local school. I served as an MP from 1992 – 2005 and for eight years I was a government minister.
As a transport minister I worked closely with the police on road safety issues and introduced the seizing of uninsured vehicles and the ban on hand held mobile phones whilst driving.
Neighbourhood policing lies at the core of keeping our communities safe. Residents need to know the officers and PCSOs in their area. Working closely with local people our police can help create safe places to live, work and bring up our children.
The needs of victims will always be a top priority. I will continue my Victims Commission of experts which ensures victims get the help they need.
I want our police to have the very best latest technology to help them tackle crime in a rapidly changing world. This includes body worn cameras and access to digital information whilst officers are on the streets.
I will continue to recruit to our force by increasing new recruits from 450 to 1000. I will ensure we recruit the very best people and that they look more like the people of the West Midlands.
You can read more about my work as your PCC at www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk
Labour Candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner