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



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the programme cover improving the deployment of officers, connecting with the public in a more meaningful way, updating outdated and inefficient systems and working closer with partners.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



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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill



The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.



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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call



Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.



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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate



Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.



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