We're told by government in London that crime's going down. The reality is much different for communities across the West Midlands. Because we know that a lot of crimes – especially gang and drug-related offences - go unreported. This so-called 'everyday crime' causes untold misery. Government in London doesn’t know what it’s like for us – why would they? They’re not from here.
The Tories in London cut funding for police in the West Midlands five times more than for leafy Tory shires like Surrey.
Despite funding cuts imposed on us by London, Labour's elected Police and Crime Commission is putting money where it matters most - recruiting police officers to keep trouble off our streets, off our buses and off our trains. We have the right to feel safe where we live - and for our kids and elderly relatives, not just to feel safe, but to be safe. That means protecting police numbers. As Mayor, I’ll work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to defend our policing from the worst effects of Tory cuts to our policing budgets.
As Mayor, I will defend policing and always take a tough line when it comes to dealing with crime - I am on your side.
With the new powers that come with the election of the new mayor in May, we can get serious about the gang and drug fuelled so-called 'everyday crime' by protecting and expanding the numbers of police officers, community support officers and crime-fighting-specialists in the region.