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West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

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Next Panel Meeting: 2pm Monday 28 April Wolverhampton Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH

Meeting papers will be published here a week before.

Members of the public can submit any questions for the Panel meeting before 23 April 2014. Please read our question criteria below.

Watch our meetings held on 3 February and 10 March 2014

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel Reports on 2014/15 Precept and Changes to the Police and Crime Plan

The Panel has publised its reports on the Police and Crime Commissioner's proposed precept (the part of the Council Tax that pays for policing) and changes the Commissioner wanted to make to his Police and Crime Plan (the document that sets the strategic direction and objectives of the force). The Commissioner's proposals, Panel reports and Commissioner's responses can be viewed below.

Commissioner's Precept Proposal 2014/15
Panel's report on the 2014/15 precept proposal
Since the meeting the Government announced that precept increases over 2% required a referendum. The Panel supported the Commissioner's proposal to reduce the precept to below the referendum trigger level. In his response the Commissioner confirms his 2014/15 precept increase of 1.99%.
Police and Crime Commissioner's response

Commissioner's proposed changes to the Police and Crime Plan
Panel's report on variations to the Police and Crime Plan
Police and Crime Commissioners response

Public Questions at Panel Meetings

Each meeting has space for public questions for the Panel. Questions for our next meeting must be submitted by 23 April 2014.We've relaxed the rules and no longer require you to attend the Panel meeting in person to put your question.

Questions
a) must relate to the Panel's roles and responsibilities scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC);
b) must not be substantially the same question put to the meeting in the past 6 months;
c) must not be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive;
d) must not require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information;
e) must not refer to any matter of a personal nature.

Please send your question to wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk
or write to: The Panel, Scrutiny Office, Council House, Birmingham, B1 1BB.

Please refer to the Public Question Criteria document at the bottom of this page.

Panel Mini Inquiry into the PCC's Procurement Strategy

In November 2013 the Panel looked at the PCC's development of a procurement strategy for police purchasing arrangements. The Panel invited a number of organisations to contribute to the debate. The Panel has published its report setting out a number of principles for the PCC to consider when developing the new procurement strategy. The PCC has reponded to the report.

Review of PCC Annual Report 2012-13

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel recently commented on the PCC's draft Annual Report. Read the Panel's comments. The PCC has now published his Annual Report 2012-13.

Safer Travel in the West Midlands

The Police and Crime Panel has published its Safer Travel in the West Midlands scrutiny report setting out a number of recommendations for the PCC to consider when developing the Joint Tranport Policing Plan with the Integrated Transport Authority.

Panel Meeting Dates and Papers

The Panel meets around 6 times a year. Meetings are open to the public to attend and observe. Click on the meeting date to download available papers.

28 April 2014 - The Panel will look at plans to expand restorative justice, progress towards the police and crime plan objectives and the work of the PCC's Strategic Policing and Crime Board. Members will also discuss the Panel's work programme for 2014/15.

10 March 2014 - The Panel discussed WMPolice Stop and Search, Youth Commissioners, Sexual Advice Referral Centres and regional work to prevent violence against vulnerable people.

3 February 2014 - The Panel reviewed the policing precept and changes the PCC wanted to make to his Police and Crime Plan as required by the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011

20 January 2014 - Panel to debate Government changes to the rehabilitation of offenders. The PCC will also outline his proposed precept and police budget and changes to his Police and Crime Plan.

18 November 2013 - The Panel discussed key principles the PCC should consider as he develops his new procurement strategy and heard about the PCC's Safeguarding Action Plan.

30 September 2013 - Including Q&A with the PCC and his update report about commissioning of support services for victims of crime. The Panel also approved a revised complaints procedure, 2013/14 budget and communications strategy.

24 June 2013 - Including Safer Travel scrutiny, Panel's consideration of PCC Annual Report and role of Police Community Support Officers

18 March 2013 - Including Panel consideration of the Draft Police and Crime Plan

6 February 2013 - Including Panel consideration of the Precept.

21 January 2013 - Including the PCC's preliminary budget proposals, arrangements for public questions at meetings and Member expenses scheme.

26 November 2012 - Including Confirmation Hearing for the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

29 October 2012 - Including appointment of Independent Panel Members, complaints procedure and draft working protocol between Panel and PCC.

20 July 2012 (Shadow Panel)

Role and Responsibilities of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel was established under the new governance structures for the police. Bob Jones was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands on 15 November 2012.

The PCC is responsible for deciding the priorities and budget for West Midlands Police, as well as supporting broader community safety activities across the region.

The Panel has a dual role to both scrutinise and support the PCC. It acts as a critical friend – assisting him through independent challenge.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires the Panel to undertake a number of tasks:

  • Reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan to ensure local priorities have been considered
  • Scrutinising the Commissioner’s Annual Report
  • Scrutinising the decisions and actions of the Commissioner
  • Reviewing, and potentially vetoing, the Commissioner’s proposed policing precept (the money collected from Council Tax for policing)
  • Holding confirmation hearings for the proposed appointment of a Chief Constable, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and senior support staff
  • Consideration of non-criminal complaints against the PCC or his Deputy

For more information about how the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel operates read the Panel Arrangements and Rules of Procedure documents.

One of the other ways the Panel supports the PCC is to provide advice prior to decisions being made.

Panel Members

The Panel is made up of twelve local councillors from Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Two independent members were appointed to the Panel through an open application process and interview by a cross-party selection panel.

Each councillor member has a named substitute in case they can't attend a meeting.

Councillor Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell MBC chairs the Panel. Councillor Jess Phillips, Victims Champion at Birmingham City Council is vice-chair.

View the list of Panel members.

Contact the Panel

You can contact the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel via email wmpcp@birmingham.gov.uk

You can also follow us on Twitter @westmidspcp

More information

More information about Police and Crime Panels is available from the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/partners/police-and-crime-panels/

Also visit the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner's website www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk.