Police and Crime Commissioner role to combine with the Mayoralty
It has been confirmed negotiations to combine the roles of the
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Mayor of the West
Midlands will begin.
The PCC currently sets the police budget, council tax precept,
strategic direction of West Midlands Police and holds the Chief
Constable to account.
The Mayor and PCC have been in talks for some time and today's
announcement confirms negotiations can officially begin. The
current arrangements will remain in place until at least May
The upcoming talks will take place to ensure the operational
independence of the Chief Constable is maintained. They will also
focus on ensuring the police continue to be held to account by a
single elected representative rather than by using the old-style
costly Police Authority committee system.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "The Mayor
has been working closely with me on many issues.
"We have committed to starting a project in the new year to
ensure policing in the West Midlands maintains strong democratic
leadership, preserves the operational independence of the Chief
Constable, whilst also ensuring clear lines of accountability.
"It is important we don't revert to a model akin to the
old-style committee system of the Police Authority.
"The public of the West Midlands want to be reassured that the
powers of the Mayor are sufficient to take on the role of the