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West Midlands Police announces new five year plan to reduce policing costs #wmp2020

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West Midlands Police has revealed the first steps in an intensive programme of work set to change the face of policing over the next five years.

Cyber crime, bodyworn cameras, the reshaping of local policing, contact with the public and the investigation of crime all feature, aimed at creating a more agile and digitally capable force equipped to fight and prevent crime.

Kick starting with a project looking at how to make the force more mobile so it can respond more quickly and proactively to emerging crime trends, the programme is also looking at how the force can form stronger links with partner agencies such as local authorities and the communities it serves.

Three months ago the force unveiled its WMP2020 Blueprint developed in consultation with colleagues, partners and the public. This sets out how the force will look feel and operate by 2020.

The programme of work will now take that Blueprint and turn it, over the next five years, into reality.
The Blueprint centres on four main themes:
Designed to listen and reassure −adopting a new approach to working with the public, partners and each other

Geared to prevent harm − preventing crime and offending before people can be harmed

Prepared to respond at pace − adopting a more agile, mobile and effective response to problems in communities

Ready to learn and adapt – becoming a more active and innovative learning organisation

Working with partner Accenture the force has developed a programme of work that will outline the first two years of the change programme.
There are currently nine main programmes with 33 projects all working to deliver the Blueprint − essentially a new operating model for the force.
Chief Constable Chris Sims said: “This is very much work in progress with the first two years of the plan laying the foundations for the future ensuring the force has the in-house capabilities to turn it into a more digitally able and mobile force by 2020.
“Broad themes of the programme cover improving the deployment of officers, connecting with the public in a more meaningful way, updating outdated and inefficient systems and working closer with partners.

“We will also be looking at improving the deployment of officers and speeding up investigations by overhauling and updating the technology they have access to.

“This is all geared up to us continuing to provide a first class service to our communities from 2020 and beyond.”

A copy of the report presented at a meeting to the Police and Crime Commissioner today (Tuesday 16 June) outlining the nine different programmes of work is available here.
The changes come at a time when the organisation continues to operate within a framework of unprecedented financial challenge.
The force has faced a considerable period of austerity with a budget reduction of 23 per cent since 2010. This trend is set to continue.
Despite these challenges the force has been highly successful in reducing crime and in delivering services across the region. WMP was recently marked as outstanding in the 2014 Police Effectiveness Efficiency & Legitimacy (PEEL) inspection by the HMIC.

The force has to make anticipated savings in the region of £130m in the next five years and will need to operate with a reduction of more than 2,500 officer and staff posts. The emergency budget on 8 July could see the funding gap increase.
The Chief Constable is clear though that even without austerity the programme of work the force is undertaking is necessary to modernise policing, making it fit for the 21st century.
Chris Sims added: “It is abundantly clear that we now face a further period of austerity that broadly matches the challenge to date.
“The existing force operating model will be unsustainable by 2020 which is one of the reasons why we have embarked on this ambitious transformational programme.

“It is also equally important that we can respond to and police the changing needs of our communities.
“To do that we need to develop our own use of technology in order to improve the service we deliver – that is at the heart of the changes we intend to make.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamison said: “The WMP2020 programme is making great strides to ensure the force can continue to work within the heart of communities despite ever diminishing budgets.

“The first two years of this vital programme of work are focused on ensuring we can get the right technology into officers’ hands to speed up our response and to improve the investigation process.
“Over the last five years West Midlands Police has faced 23% cuts. Other forces have faced cuts as low as 12%, nearly half as much as we have.
“Keeping the people of the West Midlands safe and making sure that we are ready for the challenges of the future is the driving force behind this project.”
To find out more about the WMP2020 programme at www.west-midlands.police.uk

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BREAKING British and French scrambled to North Sea

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British and French jets have scrambled to the North Sea amid reports that Russian planes have entered the UK airspace.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet is supporting Airbus Voyager plane deployed from Newcastle after 3pm today.

The French have also supported in the deployment supporting with a fighter jet.

In total four jets were seen over the North Sea on mapping.

The RAF has declined to comment on the situation describing it as an ongoing military operation.

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Fancy being locked in a haunted police cell?

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Forget Halloween Fancy a spooky night of fun, locked in a haunted cell for 24 hours to raise money for charity. Then we have an event that is right up your street.

Following on from the success of the PC Edward Walker Tour, Jules Berry a DDO with the Met Police is back with her spooky haunted cell idea to raise money for COPS UK and WMP History Museum, That is exactly what you can do this Feb.

Met Police Detention Officer Jules Berry is arranging the whole event in partnership with the WMP History Museum and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event will take place on the 8th and 9th of February 2019, but be quick as places are limited.

Unfortunately, Police Hour will no longer be live streaming this event to our 2.5 Million Followers, But we hope our readers can still attend and support this event.

Need we say any more, Simply watch this video then sign up

Hats off to Kerry Blakeman for his fantastic advertorial.

The event is being held to support the restoration of the West Midlands Police Museum and COPS UK.

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer.

They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do?

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

What about the WMP History?

The West Midlands Police Museum at Coventry was opened in 1959 and celebrates the history of Coventry City Police which existed between 1839 & 1969, before becoming part of Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and in 1974, West Midlands Police.

The site at Sparkhill has been operating since 1995 when it moved there from the force’s training facility at Tally Ho! where it been operating as a CID training facility since the mid 1970s. Several of the exhibits had originated from the old Forensic Science Service laboratory when it moved from Newton Street to Gooch Street.

The Sparkhill museum contains items of policing memorabilia and old records from the West Midlands Police predecessor forces of Birmingham City Police, Walsall Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and West Midlands Constabulary. Some records are also held of Staffordshire County Police and Worcestershire officers as parts of those forces now fall within the West Midlands Police area.

You can also drop an email [email protected] to sign up, you must raise a minimum of £250 sponsorship.

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What on earth is happening in Salisbury? Two people fall seriously ill

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Emergency Services have launched a major incident after two people have fallen ill in Salisbury.

Officers have placed a cordon around Prezzo Restaurant after a man and woman were taken ill.

Police have declared a major incident. Police do not believe this is linked to Novichok.

Police received a call from the ambulance service to Prezzo restaurant, in High Street, at approximately 6.45pm. Two people, a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 30s, had become unwell.

Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services.

Both were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and were clinically assessed. We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance. Both people remain in hospital under observation.

The major incident status has now been stood down.

At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and enquiries remain ongoing.

Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

A cordon will remain in place around Prezzo at this time as part of ongoing routine enquiries. All other areas that were cordoned off will now be reopened.

We’d like to thank the public for their patience as a result of the impact of this incident.

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