VIOLENCE WARNING: Police & Crime Commissioner voices concerns
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has warned of a ‘tidal wave’ of violence as the region deals with the financial impact of the pandemic.
The commissioner fears unemployment could lead to an escalation in stabbings, gun crime and gang membership. His warning comes at the end of another violent week in the West Midlands.
On Wednesday a 16-year old received a stab wound following a scuffle in Soho Road, Handsworth. The teen was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. In a separate incident two men were shot in Kitts Green. The targeted attack left both victims aged 29 and 43 requiring hospital treatment. Both received injuries that were not life threatening.
Mr Jamieson says a real-terms reduction in funding for policing has been challenging.
The Government is proposing a total police funding settlement of up to £15.8 billion for the policing system in 2021/22. This includes funding to Police and Crime Commissioners (including capital), plus funding for counter-terrorism policing and funding for national priorities.
This is an increase of up to £636 million compared to the 2020/21 funding settlement.
The funding package includes:
- An additional £415 million Government funding to PCCs to drive the recruitment of 20,000 extra officers
- Up to an additional £288 million from council tax precept, subject to decisions by PCCs
- £1.1 billion for national priorities, including police technology
The Government has prioritised funding for Police and Crime Commissioners in this settlement. Overall funding available to PCCs will increase by up to £703 million next year – a 5.4% cash increase on the 2020/21 settlement – if PCCs make full use of their flexibility to increase precept.
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