PCC meets with Home Office Minister to discuss local policing

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West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe, PCC David Jamieson, Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis MP, Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie, Chief Executive Jonathan Jardine

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson met with Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis MP.

Front-line and local policing were discussed, along with governance of the fire service and public accountability and scrutiny.

Warwickshire PCC Philip Seccombe joined the meeting to talk through the PCCs' collaborative projects.

Mr Jamieson was joined by Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie, Chief Executive Jonathan Jardine and West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe for the event at Coventry central police station.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "It was an extremely productive meeting, where we discussed front-line policing nationally and local policing here in the West Midlands.

"I stressed to the Minister the importance of fair funding for the West Midlands. We have been disproportionately affected by government spending cuts over the years but despite this - and a hugely demanding and pressurised policing area - we remain an outstandingly efficient force.

"The issue of fire service governance also came up and I stressed the need for accountability and scrutiny in whatever model the future holds.

"All in all, it was an excellent opportunity to discuss some key issues for the region and also outline how myself and other PCCs are working collaboratively for the good of our communities."