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West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is the territorial police force responsible for policing the metropolitan county of West Midlands in England. Covering an area with nearly 2.9 million inhabitants, which includes the cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
and also the Black Country; the force is made up of 6,944 Police Officers, supported by 3,131 Police Staff, 303 Special Constables
Special Constables
and 506 Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) – with these 10,884 employees, this makes it the largest force in England behind the Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
and second-largest force in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
after the aforementioned force and Police Scotland. The force is currently led by Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Dave Thompson. The force area is divided into ten Local Policing Units (LPUs), each being served by four core policing teams – Response, Neighbourhood, Investigation and Community Action & Priority (CAPT) – with the support of a number of specialist crime teams. These specialist teams include CID, traffic and a firearms unit who provide a twenty-four-hour availability to attend reported incidents involving the use of firearms and knives. From comparative data published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for the twelve months up to September 2013, West Midlands Police recorded 62.93 crimes per 1000 population against an average for England and Wales of 61.39. Total recorded crime was down 3% on the same period the previous year against an average of a 3% fall nationally. Detection rates for the same period were 23% against a national average of 29% and victim surveys indicated 84.76% of victims were satisfied with overall service provided by West Midlands Police compared against a national average of around 85%. West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is a partner, alongside Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police
and West Mercia Police, in the Central Motorway Police Group. The force is party to a number of other resource sharing agreements including the National Police Air Service
National Police Air Service
under which its helicopter is made available as a resource for neighbouring forces.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Regional policing in the West Midlands prior to 1974 1.2 The Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
and the establishment of West Midlands Police

2 Leadership and performance

2.1 Command Team

2.1.1 Force Structure 2.1.2 Previous Chief Constables

2.2 Police and Crime Commissioner 2.3 Crime statistics and budget

3 Structure and departments

3.1 Local Policing Units

3.1.1 LPU Local Command Team Structure

3.2 Core Policing Teams

3.2.1 Community action and priority teams (CAPT) 3.2.2 Investigation teams 3.2.3 Neighbourhood teams 3.2.4 Force Response

3.3 Specialist crime teams

3.3.1 Air operations 3.3.2 Airport policing 3.3.3 Central Motorway Police Group
Central Motorway Police Group
(CMPG) 3.3.4 Counter terrorism unit (CTU) 3.3.5 Dog Section 3.3.6 Events planning and football 3.3.7 Firearms 3.3.8 Force CID 3.3.9 Force traffic 3.3.10 Forensic scene investigators (FSI) 3.3.11 Intelligence unit 3.3.12 Integrated emergency management (IEM) 3.3.13 Local CID 3.3.14 Offender management unit (OMU) 3.3.15 Operational support unit (OSU) 3.3.16 Public protection unit (PPU) 3.3.17 Safer travel

3.4 Professional standards department (PSD) 3.5 Press Office

3.5.1 Social media

3.6 Special
Special
constabulary

4 Recruitment and training 5 Presentation

5.1 Headgear 5.2 Uniform

5.2.1 Ranks & epaulettes

5.3 Equipment 5.4 Vehicles

5.4.1 Driving grades

6 Facilities

6.1 Custody Suites

7 West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Federation 8 West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Benevolent Fund 9 West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Sports & Social Club 10 Officers killed in the line of duty 11 Notable incidents and investigations 12 Photo gallery 13 See also 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External links

History[edit] Regional policing in the West Midlands prior to 1974[edit]

Historical image of Sedgley
Sedgley
police station

Prior to the formation of West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
as it is known today, the area now covered by the force was served by a total of six smaller constabularies. These constabularies were as follows:

Birmingham City Police
Birmingham City Police
1839–1974: Established in 1839 following an outbreak of Chartist rioting that the Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
had to help quell, officers from Birmingham City Police
Birmingham City Police
first took to the streets on 20 November of that year.[9] Initially with a strength of 260 officers paid at a rate of 17 shillings a week,[9] the constabulary expanded to keep pace with the growth of the city with the final areas to be added before the force's amalgamation in West Midlands Police being the Hollywood area.[10] Coventry
Coventry
Police 1836–1974: Formed with the Municipal Corporations Act in 1836, Coventry
Coventry
Police was initially only twenty officers with the support of a single sergeant and one inspector.[9] The force reached a strength of 137 officers by 1914 and continued to grow until in 1969 it was merged with the Warwickshire and Coventry
Coventry
Constabulary, part of which it remained until the formation of West Midlands Police. Dudley Borough Police
Dudley Borough Police
1920–1966: Formerly part of the Worcestershire Constabulary, Dudley
Dudley
gained its own police force on 1 April 1920 following a review by His Majesty's Inspector that had suggested previous policing arrangements were unsatisfactory.[11] Dudley
Dudley
Borough Police remained independent until the Royal Commission in 1960 which resulted in its inclusion as part of the newly formed West Midlands Constabulary. Walsall Borough Police
Walsall Borough Police
1832–1966: Moving away from a 'watch' system, Walsall Borough Police
Walsall Borough Police
were formed on 6 July 1832 with an initial strength of only one superintendent and three constables.[12] As with the other regional forces, Walsall Borough Police
Walsall Borough Police
expanded with the area's population and in 1852 appointed its first two detectives. The force took on its first female recruits in 1918 and in the 1960s became one of the first forces to issues its officers with personal radios. As with Dudley's police force, Walsall Borough Police
Walsall Borough Police
became part of the West Midlands Constabulary following the Royal Commission. West Midlands Constabulary 1966–1974: Lasting only eight years, West Midlands Constabulary was a newly formed force encompassing a number of smaller borough forces including Dudley
Dudley
Borough Police, Walsall Borough Police, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
Borough Police and parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire Constabularies.[13] The creation of the West Midlands Constabulary was the consequence of 1960's Royal Commission into policing. Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
Borough Police 1837–1966: The formation of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
Borough Police was approved on 3 August 1837 under the condition that the strength of the force not exceed sixteen men.[14] The Police Act 1839 saw Staffordshire County Police taking over policing in Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
with Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
Borough Police regaining responsibility for policing the town in 1848. At the turn of the 20th century the force was 109 strong, reaching a highpoint of around 300 before the force became part of the short lived West Midlands Constabulary in 1966.

The Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
and the establishment of West Midlands Police[edit]

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
motorbikes in the 1970s

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
was formed on 1 April 1974, owing to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 1972
which created the new West Midlands metropolitan county. It was formed by merging the Birmingham City Police, the earlier West Midlands Constabulary, and parts of Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary, Warwickshire and Coventry
Coventry
Constabulary and West Mercia Constabulary. The first Chief Constable appointed to the new force was Sir Derrick Capper, the last Chief Constable
Chief Constable
of Birmingham
Birmingham
Police. Under proposals announced by the then Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, on 6 February 2006, West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
would have merged with Staffordshire Police, West Mercia Constabulary
West Mercia Constabulary
and Warwickshire Constabulary to form a single strategic force for the West Midlands region.[15] This, along with a number of other mergers which would have cut the number of forces in England and Wales from 43 to 24, were abandoned in July 2006 after widespread opposition from police and the public.[16] Because of the prisons' overcrowding crisis in Birmingham
Birmingham
in October 2006 three dozen police cells are to be made available to house inmates in Birmingham
Birmingham
to help ease congestion. (By contrast, one contemporary account reported, in 1833, that for days the city gaol had been entirely empty.[17]) Despite a dip in the number of prisoners that month, prisons in the region are close to capacity or already full. Between 32 and 44 cells were set aside at Steelhouse Lane police station, in Birmingham
Birmingham
City Centre, in case of emergency. West Midlands Police has an established agreement with HM Prison Service
HM Prison Service
to provide cells in the event they are needed.[18] In October 2008, the Chief Constable
Chief Constable
Sir Paul Scott-Lee announced he would not be renewing his contract in May 2009, after seven years in the post. His replacement is Chris Sims.[19] On taking office, the new Chief Constable
Chief Constable
announced that the force would be realigned to exist alongside council boundaries, abolishing the Operational Command Units (OCUs) and reforming as Local Policing Units (LPUs). In April 2010, the force reorganised from 21 OCUs into ten new LPUs.[20] There were also changes to the HQ departments, including the new Local Policing Department, the new Public Protection Department and Force CID (formerly Crime Support). These changes were introduced as part of 'Program Paragon' with the aim of making savings for the force of around £50 million.[21] The aim is to move certain functions from local areas into the central departments – such as dealing with complex or serious crimes, along with finance, IT and administration tasks, so that the local policing units can concentrate on local policing issues. There is also the long-term aim of reducing the number of Contact Management Centres from ten (one each for each LPU) to one, covering the whole of the force. The force attracted controversy in 2010 when Project Champion, a £3 million scheme to install a network of CCTV cameras in the predominantly Muslim areas of Washwood Heath
Washwood Heath
and Sparkbrook, came under fire from local residents and civil rights organisations.[22] A total of 218 cameras had been planned for installation but the project was abandoned following concerns over their legality and objections from residents and local councillors that they had not been consulted by the force.[23] Owing to the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review, the force has been required to make savings totalling £126 million over a four-year period.[21] Projects including Continuous Improvement and Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) have been established to identify where such savings can be made with a variety of options explored.[24] The force is one of many of implement Regulation A19 requiring officers with thirty year's service to retire and have made redundancies for police staff ranks.[25] The force had been exploring Business Partnering options involving working with private companies but this plan was halted by Bob Jones, the force's first Police and Crime Commissioner, upon him taking office.[26] Leadership and performance[edit] Command Team[edit]

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
HQ - Lloyd House

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is managed by a Command Team who are based at the force's Lloyd House HQ in Birmingham. They work alongside an elected Police & Crime Commissioner who sets the budget and priorities for the force. The Command Team are able to participate in respective LPU Daily Management Meetings by utilising a video conferencing system.[27] The West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Command Team is currently composed of the following:[28]

Role Name Responsibility

Chief Constable Dave Thompson[29] Overall strategic charge of force

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe Second in command to Chief Constable

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann Operations

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale Security

Assistant Chief Constable Michele Lermour Local Policing and Public Protection

Force Structure[edit]

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Structure 1

Dave Thompson Chief Constable

Louisa Rolfe Deputy Chief Constable

Andrew Proctor Head Of IT&Digital

Chief Superintendent Alex Shariff Head of Change Portfolio and Relationships

Dan Barton Head of Corporate Communications

Lisa Marie-Smith Head of Legal Services

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Structure 2

[30]

ACC Foulkes Crime

ACC Cann Operations

ACC Marcus Beale Security

ACC Lermour Local Policing & Public Protection

David Wilkin Director of Resources

Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell Head of Force CID

Superintendent Paul Keasey Central Motorways Policing Group

Chief Superintendent Sue Southern Head of Counter Terrorism

Chief Superintendent Jim Andronov Force Contact

Richard Meffen T/Assistant Director of Resources

Chief Superintendent Danny Long Head of Public Protection Unit

Chief Superintendent Andy Nicholson Head of Professional Standards Department

Richard Small Head of Forensics

Chief Superintendent Emma Barnett Birmingham
Birmingham
West & Central Commander

Neil Chamberlian Head of Finance and Shared Services

Chief Superintendent Stuart Graham Head of Intelligence

Chief Superintendent Stuart Johnson Head of Operations

Chief Superintendent Claire Bell Coventry
Coventry
Commander

Chief Superintendent Rachel Jones Birmingham
Birmingham
North

Chris Rowson Head of Human Resources

Chief Superintendent Simon Hyde Wolverhampton

Chief Superintendent Mark Robinson Head of Central Justice Services

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray Solihull

Chief Superintendent Richard Moore Birmingham
Birmingham
East

Andy Kelly Head of Corporate Asset Management

Chief Superintendent Joanne ClewsWalsall

Chief Superintendent Matthew Ward Sandwell

Chief Superintendent Christopher Todd Birmingham
Birmingham
South

Sally Sheen Head of Learning & Development

Chief Superintendent Stuart Johnson Dudley

Previous Chief Constables[edit]

Sir Derrick Capper
Derrick Capper
(April 1974- June 1975)[31] Philip Knights (August 1975 – 1985)[32] Sir Geoffrey Dear
Geoffrey Dear
(1985–1990)[33][34] Sir Ron Hadfield (June 1990 – July 1996)[35] Sir Edward Crewe (August 1996 – c. September 2002?)[34][36] Sir Paul Scott-Lee (October 2002 – April 2009)[37] Chris Sims (1 June 2009 - January 2016)[38]

Police and Crime Commissioner[edit] Main article: West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
and Crime Commissioner See also: England and Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections, 2012; Bob Jones (police commissioner); and West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
and Crime Commissioner by-election, 2014 In November 2012 Labour Party candidate Bob Jones was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands. PCCs replaced Police Authorities in all forces across England and Wales outside the Met. Turnout in the West Midlands was 238,384 (12%) with Jones beating the Conservative Party candidate, Matt Bennett, winning 117,388 votes in total.[39] Jones assumed office on 22 November 2012[40] and appointed Nechells
Nechells
councillor Yvonne Mosquito as his deputy shortly afterwards.[41] Jones died suddenly, on 1 July 2014.[42] The following table shows the breakdown of the election results for the West Midlands:

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Commissioner election, 2012 (BBC News)

Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round

 First round votes  Transfer votes 

Total Of round Transfers Total Of round

Labour Bob Jones 100,130 42% 17,258 117,388 totalpercent

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Conservative Matt Bennett 44,130 18.5% 11,555 55,685 totalpercent

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Independent Cath Hannon 30,778 12.9% 0 30,778 totalpercent

​​

UKIP Bill Etheridge 17,563 7.4% 0 17,563 totalpercent

​​

Independent Derek Webley 17,488 7.3% 0 17,488 totalpercent

​​

Liberal Democrat Ayoub Khan 15,413 6.5% 0 15,413 totalpercent

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Independent Mike Rumble 12,882 5.4% 0 12,882 totalpercent

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Turnout 238,384 12.0%

Labour win

Crime statistics and budget[edit] The following table shows data recorded in the twelve months up to September 2013 on recorded crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB), quality of service, finances and workforce numbers for West Midlands Police compared against average data from England and Wales' 43 police forces:[43]

Data Set West Midlands Police Average for England and Wales Force Ranking

Recorded crime and ASB per 1000 population 62.93 61.39 11/43

Percentage of victims satisfied with overall service provided by the police 84.76 85.20 31/43

Total cost of policing of head of population 218.68 216.44 6/43

Workforce (full-time equivalent) per 1000 population 4.27 3.88 3/43

The following table shows recorded crime for West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
by offence group for the year ending September 2013:[44]

Total (Including fraud) Violence against the person Sexual offences Robbery Burglary Offences against vehicles Other theft offences Fraud
Fraud
and forgery Criminal damage Drug offences Other offences

West Midlands Police 173,053 31,687 2918 5404 24,400 23,000 20,688 632 24,848 7716 2184

England and Wales 3,725,281 604,174 59,466 61,836 453,428 382,461 1,885,983 201,035 518,382 200,640 42,785

The following table shows the percentage change in recorded crime for West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
by offence group for the year ending September 2013 compared against the year ending September 2012:[44]

Total (Including fraud) Violence against the person Sexual offences Robbery Burglary Offences against vehicles Other theft offences Fraud
Fraud
and forgery Criminal damage Drug offences Other offences

West Midlands Police -3 10 5 -10 -7 -2 -12 -76 -7 -12 -6

England and Wales -3 -2 17 -10 -4 -3 -9 34 -9 -8 -2

The following table shows the percentage detection rates for West Midlands Police by offence group for 2012/2013:[45]

Total Violence against the person Sexual offences Robbery Burglary Offences against vehicles Other theft offences Fraud
Fraud
and forgery Criminal damage Drug offences Other offences

West Midlands Police 23 32 28 24 9 8 19 14 10 91 60

England and Wales 29 41 29 21 13 11 21 22 16 94 69

The following table shows the West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
& Crime Commissioner Finances in millions of pounds for 2014-15 compared with 2013-14:[46]

Year Employees Premises Transport Supplies & services Gross expenditure Income Net expenditure Use of reserves Net budget requirement

2014-15 467.66 22.24 7.79 45.05 553.55 -24.41 553.42 -9.86 543.56

2013-14 491.63 22.10 9.06 43.81 578.75 -21.96 559.02 2.35 556.67

Structure and departments[edit] Local Policing Units[edit] The area covered by West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is divided into ten Local Policing Units (LPUs). Each LPU is headed by a Chief Superintendent who is responsible for the overall policing and management of the area. He or she is supported by a Local Command Team (LCT) composed of a varying number of Superintendents and Chief Inspectors.[47] Each LPU has a number of dedicated Neighbourhood Policing teams. These cover a specific area and are headed by a sergeant with support from a number of police officers, PCSOs and sometimes special constables. The force operates a number of police stations. The ten LPUs are:

LPU Neighbourhoods Stations (LPU HQ in bold) LPU Commander

Birmingham
Birmingham
North LPU ( Sutton Coldfield & Erdington)

Erdington, Kingstanding, Stockland Green, Tyburn, Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton New Hall, Sutton Trinity
Sutton Trinity
and Sutton Vesey[48]

Sutton Coldfield Castle Vale Erdington Kingstanding

Chief Superintendent Ron Winch[49]

Birmingham
Birmingham
West & Central LPU ( Ladywood
Ladywood
& Perry Barr)

Birmingham
Birmingham
City Centre, Broad Street Entertainment Area, Southside, Aston, Ladywood, Nechells, Soho, Handsworth Wood, Lozells
Lozells
and East Handsworth, Oscott, Perry Barr, Digbeth, Small Heath and Jewellery Quarter[50]

Birmingham
Birmingham
Central Handsworth West Nechells Newtown Perry Barr Aston Handsworth Jewellery Quarter

Chief Superintendent Emma Barnett[51]

Birmingham
Birmingham
South LPU (Edgbaston, Selly Oak
Selly Oak
& Northfield)

Bartley Green, Woodgate, Edgbaston, Harborne, Quinton, Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield, Weoley, Billesley, Bournville, Brandwood and Selly Oak[52]

Bournville
Bournville
Lane Edgbaston Harborne

Chief Superintendent Christopher Todd[53]

Birmingham
Birmingham
East LPU (Hodge Hill, Yardley & Hall Green, Alum Rock & Washwood Heath)

Hall Green, Moseley
Moseley
and Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Springfield, Bordesley Green, Hodge Hill, Shard End, Washwood Health, Acocks Green, Sheldon, South Yardley and Stechford
Stechford
and Yardley North[54]

Stetchford Acocks Green Kings Heath

Chief Superintendent Richard Moore[49]

Coventry
Coventry
LPU

St. Michael's, Foleshill, Henley, Longford, Lower Stoke, Upper Stoke, Wyken, Bablake, Holbrook, Radford, Sherbourne, Whoberley, Woodlands, Binley and Willenhall, Cheylesmore, Earlsdon, Wainbody and Westwood[55]

Coventry
Coventry
Central Willenhall Foleshill

Chief Superintendent Danny Long[56]

Dudley
Dudley
LPU

Castle and Priory, Coseley East, Gornal, Sedgley, St. James's, St. Thomas's, Upper Gornal
Upper Gornal
and Woodsetton, Brierley Hill, Brockmoor
Brockmoor
and Pensnett, Kingswinford
Kingswinford
North and Wall Heath, Kingswinford
Kingswinford
South, Netherton, Woodside and St. Andrews, Wordsley, Belle Vale, Halesowen North, Halesowen
Halesowen
South, Hayley Green and Cradley South, Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye
Lye
and Stourbridge
Stourbridge
North, Norton, Pedmore and Stourbridge
Stourbridge
East, Hagley, Quarry Bank
Quarry Bank
and Dudley
Dudley
Wood, Wollaston and Stourbridge
Stourbridge
Town[57]

Brierley Hill Dudley
Dudley
New Street Halesowen Stourbridge

Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson[58]

Sandwell
Sandwell
LPU

Blackheath, Bristnall, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, Langley, Sandwell, Old Warley, Oldbury, Rowley, Tividale, Abbey, Smethwick, Soho and Victoria, St. Pauls, Friar Park, Great Bridge, Princes End, Tipton Green, Wednesbury
Wednesbury
North, Wednesbury
Wednesbury
South, Charlemont with Grove Vale, Great Barr
Great Barr
with Yew Tree, Greets Green and Lyng, Hateley Heath, Newton and West Bromwich
West Bromwich
Central[59]

Smethwick Oldbury Old Hill Perry Hill Sandwell
Sandwell
South Tipton Wednesbury Windmill House

Chief Superintendent Matthew Ward[60]

Solihull
Solihull
LPU

Bickenhill, Blythe, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Dorridge
Dorridge
and Hockley Heath, Kingshurst
Kingshurst
and Fordbridge, Knowle, Meriden, NEC, Smith's Wood, Elmdon, Lyndon, Olton, Shirley East, Shirley South, Shirley West, Silhill and St. Alphege[61]

Solihull Shirley The Walk In Centre

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray[62]

Walsall LPU

Aldridge
Aldridge
North and Walsall Wood, Aldridge
Aldridge
Central and South, Brownhills, Pelsall, Rushall, Shelfield, Pheasey
Pheasey
Park Farm, Streetly, Bloxwich
Bloxwich
East, Bloxwich
Bloxwich
West, Birchills
Birchills
Leamore, Blakenall, Bentley and Darlaston
Darlaston
North, Darlaston
Darlaston
South, Short Heath, Willenhall
Short Heath, Willenhall
North, Willenhall South, Paddock, Palfrey, Pleck
Pleck
and St Matthews[63]

Walsall Aldridge Bloxwich Brownhills Darlaston Willenhall

Chief Superintendent Joanne Clews[64]

Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
LPU

Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
City Centre, Bushbury
Bushbury
North, Bushbury
Bushbury
South and Low Hill, Fallings Park, Heath Town, Oxley, Wednesfield
Wednesfield
North, Wednesfield South, Bilston
Bilston
East, Bilston
Bilston
North, Blakenhall, East Park, Ettingshall, Spring Vale, Graiseley, Merry Hill, Park, Penn, St. Peter's, Tettenhall Regis and Tettenhall Wightwick[65]

Wolverhampton Bilston Graiseley Neighbourhood Base Heath Town Low Hill Oxley Police Base Staveley House Tettenhall Wednesfield

Chief Superintendent Simon Hyde[66]

LPU Local Command Team Structure[edit] Each LPU is run by a Local Command Team (LCT) consisting of a Chief Superintendent supported by a number of Superintendents & Chief Inspectors. Each member of the LCT has assigned responsibility for specific elements of policing and are organised according to the following structure:[47]

Indicative LPU Command Team

Chief Superintendent (LPU Commander)

Superintendent (Local Policing & Partnerships)

Superintendent (Crime)

HQ

HR Manager

Strategic Business Manager

Chief Inspector (Local Policing)

Chief Inspector (Operations)

D/Chief Inspector (Investigation & Intelligence)

D/Chief Inspector (Public Protection Unit)

NPTs 24/7 Response Partnership Liaison Trust & Confidence (QoS)

Ops Centres – Contact Communications Proactive Resource Resource Management& Planning

Investigation Intelligence & Analysis Offender Management Custody & CJ liaison

Safeguarding Investigation

Core Policing Teams[edit] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is structured in such a way that there are four key teams in each LPU who have the responsibility for dealing with everyday policing duties.[67] The force's current structure was gradually introduced over the past two years with the Solihull
Solihull
and Birmingham
Birmingham
South LPUs being the first area to see the change in June 2011[68] and the Walsall LPU being the last in January 2013.[69] The structural change was introduced as part of the force's 'Continuous Improvement' program with the ambition of working in a more cost effective and efficient manner and was overseen under the advice of accounting firm KPMG.[68] Prior to Continuous Improvement, the force had operated with larger response and neighbourhood teams and smaller teams allocated to prisoner handling roles. Community Action & Priority Teams were a new addition to the force's structure under Continuous Improvement. The core policing teams are: Community action and priority teams (CAPT)[edit] The 'CAPT' support neighbourhood officers to address local issues and resource demands for service not met by other departments. They can be allocated to neighbourhoods suffering particular issues, for example anti-social behaviour, and are also often Public Order trained, so are used for policing football matches, demonstrations and similar occasions.[70] As with the Investigation Teams, the Community Action & Priority Teams are supervised by a sergeant who reports to an inspector. Key responsibilities of community action and priority teams are as follows:[70]

Supporting Neighbourhood Teams – Providing specialist support to Neighbourhood Teams for example, conducting drugs warrants or addressing anti-social behaviour. Addressing local issues – Supporting other front line policing teams and completing tasking as directed by LPU Local Command Teams Providing support for abstractions – Resourcing abstractions such as football matches, demonstrations and similar incidents so that Neighbourhood officers are able to focus on their beats.

Investigation teams[edit] Officers on Investigation Teams have three main responsibilities, these being secondary investigation, prisoner handling and attending scheduled appointments with the public.[71] These officers are also responsible for completing prosecution files and other paperwork necessary for taking cases to court. Investigation teams are split into a number of shifts, each supervised by a sergeant, and will have an inspector supervising the sergeants. Key responsibilities of Investigation Teams are as follows:[71]

Secondary investigation – Following initial attendance of incidents by Response Team officers, investigations are allocated to Investigation Teams who conduct any follow up enquiries that are required. Prisoner handling – Offenders arrested by Response and Neighbourhood officers are handed to Investigation Teams who will interview and retain ownership of the investigation up to the point of its conclusion. Scheduled response – Operating on a diary system, Investigation Team officers attend pre-booked slots with members of the public who are wanting to report none urgent matters.

Neighbourhood teams[edit]

Neighbourhood officers with their bikes

Aligned to specific neighbourhoods, these officers seek to tackle long term issues affecting local areas and attend community meetings. There are one hundred and seventy one neighbourhoods across the West Midlands[3] and officers assigned to neighbourhood teams are often supported by PCSOs and Special
Special
Constables. It is not uncommon for busier areas, such as town centres, to have several neighbourhood teams such as the St. Matthews beat covering Walsall Town Centre which has two teams.[72] Neighbourhood teams usually have a single sergeant who reports to a sector inspector. Force Response[edit] Response officers work in shifts around the clock answering the most urgent calls for service received through the force's call centres. It is not unusual for response officers to work alone and each response shift usually has a number of officers who are authorised to carry Taser.[73] In addition to Taser, some response officers also carry mobile fingerprint ID machines to confirm identities at the roadside.[74] Response officers undergo enhanced driving training and also have a range of other skills required to perform their role including 'method of entry' training so that they can force entry into premises. Many Response officers are also public order trained in order to respond to spontaneous disorder should it occur. Response teams are supervised by a number of sergeants and an inspector. Key responsibilities of Response Teams are as follows:

Primary investigation – Attending incidents in the first instance, Response officers gather available evidence and record offences. Follow up enquiries are then allocated to the Investigation Teams. Missing person enquiries – Response officers conduct investigations into missing persons with a low or medium risk assessment. Traffic – Officers from Response Teams attend reported Road Traffic Accidents, sometimes supporting Force Traffic in the case of serious collisions.

Specialist crime teams[edit] The core policing teams are supported by, and work closely with, a number of specialist crime teams.[75] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
had a mounted division which was disbanded in 1999 to divert funds elsewhere, the former stables on Pershore Road, Birmingham, now house the driving school.[76] Current specialist crime teams include: Air operations[edit] See also: Police aviation in the United Kingdom

The force's first helicopter, G-WMPA, an Aérospatiale AS355 F2.[77]

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The Midlands Air Operations Unit is a consortium of West Midlands, Warwickshire, West Mercia and Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police
which is based at Birmingham
Birmingham
Airport and has operated since 25 July 1987.[78] After experimenting, since the 1970s, with civilian helicopters hired on an occasional basis,[79] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
launched their own air unit on 10 May 1989 with G-WMPA, an Aérospatiale AS355 F2.[78] G-WMPA was subsequently fitted with a gyro-stabilised camera turret with daytime and thermal image cameras, plus a Nitesun Searchlight and Skyshout PA System.[80] It was sold to a buyer in Switzerland in 2007.[81] From January 2000 they operated G-WMID, a MD902 "NOTAR" helicopter,[82] named "Miss Mollie Collins",[83] after a child who had "shown tremendous courage in dealing with her disability",[84] in a local newspaper competition.[83] This aircraft was subsequently re-registered as G-KSSH and is the Surrey air ambulance.[85] In July 2007 G-WMID was replaced by a Eurocopter EC135
Eurocopter EC135
P2+, G-WMAO.[86] G-WAMO was destroyed by arson in the early hours of 8 June 2009, while at Birmingham
Birmingham
Airport.[87] From October 2009 to July 2010, they used a Eurocopter EC135
Eurocopter EC135
T1, G-SUFF,[88] loaned by the manufacturer. They now operate another Eurocopter EC135
Eurocopter EC135
P2, G-POLA, acquired in July 2010.[89] The EC135 offers a range of capabilities including high definition thermal video recording, a microwave downlink to send images to control rooms, a 30 million candlepower spot light and an enhanced navigation system.[90] All of the above helicopters have had a casualty evacuation role[91] for occasions when a Midlands Air Ambulance
Midlands Air Ambulance
was unable to attend meaning that they are able to carry a patient in a stretcher for transport to hospital.[92] Under the terms of the National Police Air Service, the West Midlands helicopter is available as a resource for use by neighbouring forces and in turn, West Midlands officers can call upon other forces' helicopters should their own be unavailable.[93] Airport policing[edit] The West Midlands Police force
Police force
area includes Birmingham
Birmingham
Airport which is on the Solihull
Solihull
LPU,[94] but not Coventry
Coventry
Airport which is on the Warwickshire Police force
Police force
area and so policed by their own officers.[95] Birmingham
Birmingham
Airport has a dedicated airports policing team assigned who work closely with HM Customs and Excise
HM Customs and Excise
and UK Visas and Immigration officials.[96] Officers working at the airport have additional powers under the Terrorism Act 2000
Terrorism Act 2000
as the airport is 'designated' under the terms of the Act[97] and some are armed. Central Motorway Police Group
Central Motorway Police Group
(CMPG)[edit] See also: Central Motorway Police Group West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is one of the three police forces who contribute officers to the Central Motorway Police Group, the others being Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police
and West Mercia Police.[98] CMPG operate out of three main bases, the main headquarters being under the M6 motorway
M6 motorway
at Perry Barr
Perry Barr
at which their central control room and vehicle depot is situated.[99] CMPG also have a regional control centre in Quinton, Birmingham
Birmingham
shared with the Highways Agency.[100] Officers attached to CMPG cover a wide geographical area, including in the West Midlands the M6, M54 and A45.[98] Counter terrorism unit (CTU)[edit] Based in Birmingham, the counter terrorism unit (CTU) is responsible for co-ordinating the force's counter terrorism activity in the West Midlands region. CTU works under the guidance of the Government's national counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST, with the aims of pursuing terrorists, protecting the public, preparing for a possible attack and preventing terrorism by working in the community to address the causes of terrorist activity.[101] As part of the CTU's role in working with the community, its structure includes a Prevent Team which is a group of officers who visit schools, community groups and partner agencies to raise awareness about the work on the unit. Exercises include Act NOW, a tabletop exercise explaining what happens during a counter terrorism operation and WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent), a presentation aimed at front line public sector workers and organisations that work with potential victims of radicalisation.[102] Dog Section[edit]

A police dog

Most dogs in the West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Dog Section are products of an in-house breeding program which the force has been running at its Balsall Common
Balsall Common
training centre since 1994.[103] Specialist search dogs including Springer Spaniels and Labradors are also used by the Dogs Unit to locate drugs or firearms and explosives. Dogs are continually recruited from rescue centres and from members of the public. All specialist dogs are handled by officers who already have a general purpose police dog, giving the handler responsibility in both training and operational deployment.[104] There are currently 69 operational dog handlers working in West Midlands Police, and dogs undergo an initial training program lasting twelve weeks.[105] Officers with the Dog Section patrol in specially adapted Skoda patrol vehicles with air conditioned cages capable of carrying up to three dogs in the rear[106] and operate from bases at Aston, Canley
Canley
and Wednesbury.[107] Events planning and football[edit] The events planning department has responsibility for co-ordinating large-scale events taking place within the force area and also for ensuring that officers are available should they be required to support other regional forces through mutual aid arrangements.[108] One major responsibility of the department is organising the policing operation for the Autumn political party conferences that are often held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham
Birmingham
City Centre. Included within this department also is the Football Unit who coordinate policing of football games within the West Midlands and operate a team of 'spotters' to identify violent supporters and banned individuals.[109] The policing of large-scale events such as football matches, VIP visits and public demonstrations can be coordinated from the force's Events Control Suite (ECS) at the Tally Ho facility in Birmingham. The ECS is able to receive live CCTV footage and has computer facilities for the use of partner agencies with whom the suite is shared.[110] Firearms[edit]

Equipment in a West Midland Police armed response vehicle in March 2014

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
operate a number of Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs) that patrol the region around the clock and are available to respond to incidents typically involving guns, knives or dangerous dogs.[111] Officers undertake a ten-week selection process to join the firearms unit with courses being delivered on weapons, tactics and advanced driving. Most of the ARVs used by the firearms unit are unmarked Audis, converted with the rear seats removed and gun safes installed.[112] Officers with the firearms unit carry Taser
Taser
X26 stun guns, SIG P229
SIG P229
9mm pistols, H&K MP5 SF A2/A3 9mm semi-automatic carbines and H&K G36K SF, G36C SF and SIG Sauer SIG516[113] 5.56mm semi-automatic rifles.[114] Alongside attending firearms incidents, officers attached to the firearms unit also provide tactical advice when planning operations and give lectures on firearms awareness to officers and members of the public.[111] The force also has a Firearms Licensing Department which is responsible for the issue of shotgun and firearms certificates to members of the public and explosives certificates to companies requiring them.[115] Force CID[edit] Detached from the LPUs, Force CID is staffed by officers holding a detective qualification and investigate serious and complicated crimes not taken on by Local CID or other departments. Such offences include murders, serious assaults, blackmail and arson. Force CID is arranged into a series of Major Investigation Teams and work from bases at Bloxwich, Harborne, Aqueous 2 (Aston) and Willenhall in Coventry.[116] Working within Force CID are a series of Payback Teams who are responsible for arranging asset seizures and confiscations under the Proceeds of Crime Act. During 2011 offenders were forced to pay back £6.3 million from proceeds of crime, a 39% increase on the previous year.[117] Force traffic[edit]

A BMW force traffic car in use with West Midlands Police

Based at Park Lane, Chelmsley Wood
Chelmsley Wood
and Wednesbury,[118][119] the force traffic unit has responsibility for roads policing on all roads inside the West Midlands other than the motorways which are covered by the Central Motorways Policing Group. Officers from the force traffic unit usually hold advanced driving grades and have access to a range of high-powered marked and unmarked vehicles, including BMWs and Audis fitted with evidential video recording equipment. Force Traffic is supported by a Collision Investigation Unit based at Aston
Aston
Police Station who investigate accidents involving fatalities or life-changing injuries.[118] Forensic scene investigators (FSI)[edit]

Forensic scene investigator at the scene of a burglary

Officers are supported by a team of civilian forensics scene investigators approximately one hundred strong who attend crime scenes and examine seized items to obtain forensic evidence for use in court.[120] Formerly known as scenes of crime officers (SOCO), scene investigators have access to a wide range of specialist equipment to help with their role and alongside gathering forensic samples; they also are responsible for crime scene photography. Intelligence unit[edit] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
has dedicated intelligence cells based on each LPU who collate and disseminate information collected by officers from a range of other sources. This role involves 'sanitising' intelligence logs and forwarding them on to relevant persons, receiving information from outside sources such as Crimestoppers, and assisting with the progression of investigations.[121] The intelligence unit is responsible for organising briefing material for officers and police leadership; they also include a covert operations unit, who coordinate undercover policing operations under the terms of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
(RIPA). West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
is a partner alongside Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and Staffordshire Police
Staffordshire Police
in the Regional Intelligence Unit collaborative working agreement under which information is shared between the forces on serious and organised criminals affecting the West Midlands Region.[122] Integrated emergency management (IEM)[edit] The Operations Integrated Emergency Management service is responsible for ensuring that the force is ready to respond to major incidents, that business continuity plans are in place and that the force's duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004
Civil Contingencies Act 2004
is satisfied.[123] This work includes running exercises and drills to test readiness and working closely with other emergency services and local authorities. As part of the service's work, the force also maintains a number of Casualty Bureau facilities at which calls from the public are taken and collated following a major incident such as a plane crash or terrorist attack.[124] Local CID[edit] Each LPU has a Local CID team of officers who hold a detective qualification and conduct secondary investigations into serious offences that occur within their area. Offences that fall under the remit of Local CID include burglary of dwellings, personal robberies, frauds and some vehicle crime. Offender management unit (OMU)[edit] All ten LPUs have an offender management unit (OMU) who work with partner agencies to concentrate on the offenders living on their areas identified as being particularly difficult or damaging. Offenders who fall into this category include those designated as prolific and other priority offenders (PPOs), drug users, violent criminals and young criminals.[125] Officers from the OMU manage their assigned PPOs under two strands. One consists of rehabilitation and resettlement under which partner agencies are involved in an effort to halt re-offending whilst the other consists of catching and convicting offenders who have been identified as not participating in rehabilitation programmes or are wanted for outstanding crimes.[125] Operational support unit (OSU)[edit]

An OSU officer using specialist method of entry equipment

Working from Park Lane, Chelmsley Wood
Chelmsley Wood
and Wednesbury
Wednesbury
Stations,[126] the operational support unit is a team of officers specially trained in areas including Public Order policing, method of entry and searching.[127] Officers working with the OSU are typically deployed as part of a 'serial' of one sergeant and seven officers and have access to a host of specialist equipment and vehicles including armoured land rovers. Public protection unit (PPU)[edit] The public protection unit (PPU) investigates reports of sexual assaults and incidents involving children and vulnerable people. PPU is split between adult and child investigations, is responsible for safeguarding and works with partner agencies such as social services and domestic violence charities.[128] As with CID, most officers working in the PPU hold a detective qualification. Safer travel[edit] The safer travel team is a collaboration between West Midlands Police, the British Transport Police
British Transport Police
and CENTRO focussing on criminal activity occurring on the public transport network.[129] The team is composed of officers and PCSOs who patrol trains, buses and trams in the region. The Partnership, the first of its type in the country, also has access to around 1,000 CCTV cameras which are located at bus, rail and metro stations, park and ride sites and in bus shelters.[130] The dedicated control centre is staffed 24 hours a day to spot and respond to incidents.[130] Professional standards department (PSD)[edit] Based at Lloyd House, the professional standards department have the responsibility for the recording and assessment of all public complaints, whether they are made about police officers, police staff or special constables. PSD also has a role in investigating serious reports of misconduct and corruption involving members of the force. Members of the public are eligible to make a complaint if they are the person who the behaviour about which they want to complain about was directed towards, if they were ‘adversely affected' by said behaviour or if they were an eyewitness to said behaviour.[131] A person is 'adversely affected' if he or she suffers any form of loss or damage, distress or inconvenience, if he or she is put in danger or is otherwise unduly put at risk of being adversely affected. PSD work alongside the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), to whom they will refer the most serious allegations.[131] Where appropriate, PSD have a range of outcomes following disciplinary panels, including no action, counselling (management advice), written warning, transfer to another post, withholding increments and dismissal.[132] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
recorded 1536 complaints for 2011/12, an 18% drop in comparison to 2010/11 during which 1871 complaints were recorded.[133] Press Office[edit] Also known as Corporate Communications, the West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Press Office is centralised at headquarters and is charged with representing the force's public image. Staff working in the Press Office are the first point of contact between the media and the force, they organise press releases, press conferences and complete a range of other public relations functions.[134] Each LPU has dedicated Territorial Communications officers and in addition to addressing media enquiries, the Press Office also looks after the force's website and publishes the force's internal online newspaper, News Beat. Social media[edit]

Officers from Solihull
Solihull
taking part in a web chat

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
maintains a presence on a variety of social media websites including Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube
YouTube
and blogging platforms.[135] Each LPU has a dedicated Facebook
Facebook
and Twitter
Twitter
account, with more than 200 departments, officers, PCSOs and special constables also tweeting from officially endorsed accounts.[135] The force has used various social media accounts to promote its activity in a variety of ways including running photo competitions,[136] holding live web chats with senior officers[137] and hosting live tweeting events from operations.[138] Several of the force's social media accounts have won recognition as examples of best practice, including Solihull
Solihull
Police's Twitter
Twitter
feed which came first place in the 2012 Golden Twits' Customer Service category[139][140] and Inspector Brown's Mark Hanson Digital Media Award 2012 for his mental health blog.[141] Special
Special
constabulary[edit] See also: Special
Special
Constabulary Officers belonging to the special constabulary have the same powers as full-time officers and are unpaid volunteers, giving a minimum of sixteen hours a month of duty time.[142] Initial training for special constables lasts 22 weeks, and when deployed they wear the same street uniform as other officers. They can be identified as Specials by their collar numbers, which start with 7 and the 'SC' on their epaulettes. Special
Special
constables provide West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
with around 96,000 hours of voluntary duty each year and usually work alongside regular officers on neighbourhood teams, response teams[143] and also Community Action & Priority Teams.[70] Recruitment and training[edit] Applicants to join West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
as police officers are subject to a staged recruitment process designed to assess their suitability for the role. The process consists of the following steps:

Application form: The first stage of the application process is a paper sift assessing applicants' competency. Unsuccessful applicants are required to wait six months before reapplying.[144] Assessment centre: The assessment centres involves written tests measuring candidates' English and maths, a series of exercises involving role playing actors and a twenty-minute competency based interview.[145] Background checks: All applicants to have passed the assessment centre are subject to a series of enhanced background checks examining both their security and financial history.[146] Medical: Applicants are required to undergo eyesight and hearing tests, a general medical assessment and submit hair samples for drugs testing.[147] Fitness test: The final stage of the application process is a fitness test involving completing one circuit of an activity course within three minutes and forty five seconds and a twenty-second test on a push-pull machine.[147]

On being accepted to join the force, new recruits undergo an initial training course last eighteen weeks which is non-residential and based mainly in the classroom but with periodic practical exercises and attachments. Performance is assessed by a series of examinations and training includes self-defence lessons and tuition on police computer systems. Following successful completion of initial training, recruits are then tutored on their LPUs for nine weeks before being signed off for independent patrol. They retain their status as student officers for a period of two years from their joining date during which they are required to maintain a record of their development. Upon reaching two years service, student officers are 'confirmed' in their rank by a senior officer, usually their LPU commander. The recruitment process for PCSOs is similar to that of police officers although training periods are reduced. The recruitment of police staff varies according to the role. West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
has not received any new police officers or PCSOs since midway through 2010, the recruitment freeze owing to the need to make budget cuts.[148] The force retains a training staff delivering in-house training for officers of all ranks and in a range of different skills and qualifications. These include Personal Safety Training and First Aid on which officers are required to attend annual refreshers. Other notable training offered includes driver development and public order policing. Physical training is supplemented by the use of remote 'eLearning' packages that can be accessed by staff online via the force's intranet. Presentation[edit] Police officers working for West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
have access to a wide range of different uniforms, equipment and vehicles dependent of their specific role. Headgear[edit]

Officers wearing typical street uniform

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
officers wear the traditional black custodian helmet in the rose style, with seamed joined and thin black metal band with a Brunswick star
Brunswick star
that reads 'West Midlands Police'.[149] Female officers wear a black bowler hat with Sillitoe tartan banding for foot patrol and mobile patrol.[149] Traffic officers wear a white peaked cap with Sillitoe tartan banding, or a white bowler with Sillitoe tartan banding hat for mobile patrol,[150] as do officers holding inspector rank or above although their caps are black rather than white.[151] PCSOs always wear a peaked cap with a blue band, or a bowler hat with a blue band for female PCSOs, and all officers, whether Constable or PCSOs, when travelling on bicycle wear a black cycle helmet with 'Police' inscribed on it.[152] Armed Response or Dog Section officers wear black protective baseball caps that read 'Police' and have a Sillitoe tartan pattern on the sides[153] whilst motorcycle officers and Air Operations officers wear specialised hard helmets with in-built radio microphones.[154] Uniform[edit] Officers' standard street uniform consists of black lightweight zip-up shirts, black trousers and a high visibility protective vest. White shirts were replaced by the black T-shirts in 2010 at a cost of £100,000 but are retained for court and station duties.[155] Officers are issued with fleeces, weatherproof pullovers, fluorescent jackets, high viability tabards, waterproof over trousers and slash resistant gloves. Aside the standard street uniform, there are a variety of additional uniforms issued to officers performing specialist roles. Public Order trained officers wear two piece fire retardant overalls and boots with additional body armour and NATO helmets,[156] whilst those with the Cannabis Disposal Team wear one piece jumpsuits and hard hats.[157] Officers working with the OSU searching teams are issued thicker winter coats and tie cord trousers.[158] Ranks & epaulettes[edit] See also: Police ranks of the United Kingdom Shoulder insignia for ranks above police constable are as follows:

West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
warranted officer ranks

Sergeant

Inspector

Chief Inspector

Superintendent

Chief Superintendent

Assistant Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable

Chief Constable

When dressed for public order policing, officers wear coloured epaulettes indicating their respective roles. Bronze commanders wear yellow epaulettes, inspectors wear red epaulettes, sergeants wear white epaulettes, tactical advisors wear blue epaulettes, medics wear green epaulettes and evidence gathering officers have orange epaulettes.[159] Collar numbers within West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
are between two and five numbers long. Prior to 2006 collar numbers were up to four numbers in length, the numbering system was altered in 2006 to accommodate proposed changes that would have been introduced by a merger of local forces. Officers to have joined since 2006 have five figure collar sequential numbers starting with a 2, PCSOs have collar numbers starting with a 3, police staff have collar numbers starting with a 5, special constables have collar numbers starting with a 7 and transferees from other forces have collar numbers starting with 29. Equipment[edit] As part of standard issue Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), officers carry Sepura
Sepura
TETRA
TETRA
radios, rigid handcuffs, CS spray
CS spray
and an extendible friction lock baton.[160] Officers also have access to first aid kits, limb restraints and torches.[161] Officers have access to a huge range of additional equipment for specialist operations, some of which requires training before it can be used. In terms of 'method of entry' equipment, main stations usually have a store in which is kept battering rams,[162] pulley bars, hydraulic presses, ladders and even circular saws for cutting away bars.[163] Traffic units, particularly officers performing collision investigation duties, use laser plotting devices to accurately survey collision sights and carry devices that can be used to measure road friction and deceleration values.[164] Forensic teams can call for the deployment of tents to cover crime scenes, lighting rigs, stepping plates and a host of other items required to help them preserve evidence. Laboratories have installed drying cabinets, microscopes and sampling equipment for the securing and analysis of specimens. Vehicles[edit]

A marked Vauxhall Insignia
Vauxhall Insignia
as used by response officers

The standard marked patrol vehicle for response and neighbourhood officers has been the Vauxhall Astra
Vauxhall Astra
although these are gradually being phased out in favour of automatic Vauxhall Insignias. A number of Peugeot 308, Peugeot Expert
Peugeot Expert
cage vans, LDV Maxi cage vans and Ford Focus vehicles are included in the fleet also.[165] All of these vehicles are modified for police usage with radios installed, lights, sirens and a 'run lock' facility enabling officers to take the keys out of the ignition without stopping the engine running, thereby ensuring the battery isn't depleted if the lights need to left on for long periods.[166] For routine patrol and 'scheduled responder' duties, there are a number of marked Vauxhall Corsas in the fleet.[167] There are also unmarked and largely unmodified Astras and Insignias for use by non-uniform departments such as CID. Force Traffic have a range of marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, all modified with the same equipment as response vehicles but with the addition of ANPR/HD video cameras, data terminals and accurately calibrated speedometers. Vehicles used include the BMW 3 series, BMW 5 Series and Volvo S60.[165] Motorbikes used include the BMW R1200RT[168] and Yamaha FJR.[169] Motorway patrols are conducted by the CMPG in marked Jaguar XF vehicles.[170] Firearms units tend to use the unmarked Audi A6
Audi A6
and marked BMW X5 which are modified with gun cabinets, radios and bullet proof plates.[165] Dog Units have assigned Škoda Octavia Estate vRS vehicles with air conditioned cages built into their boot.[165] For public order duties, West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
use Iveco Daily
Iveco Daily
vans with equipment racks in the rear for the storage of shields and other public order equipment.[165] Armoured Land Rover Defenders are also available for public order situations.[171] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Fleet Services also has a range of specialist recovery vehicles including the Iveco
Iveco
Flatbed Trucks[165] and portable custody vans.[172] Driving grades[edit] There are three different levels of driving grade within West Midlands Police which are as follows:[173]

Basic driver: Officers with a basic driver grade are able to drive marked and unmarked vehicles but are not allowed to exceed speed limits or use the lights and sirens. The basic driver course lasts around half a day. Standard driver: The standard driver grade allows officers to exceed the speed limit by up to 20 mph and conduct the initial stages of a pursuit providing it is safe to do so. The standard driver course is three weeks long. Advanced driver: Drivers holding an advanced grade are able to drive higher performance vehicles at speeds above the extra 20 mph granted to standard drivers and receive additional training in pursuits and specialist techniques such as making a silent approach towards incidents. The advanced driver course is four weeks long.

Further to the above grades, the driver development school also provides bolt on courses relating to driving police carrier vehicles, four by fours and VIP escort skills. Facilities[edit]

The Events Control Suite

There are currently 52 police stations in the West Midlands Police force area situated across the 10 LPUs alongside a number of other facilities housing specialist crime teams and support services not open to the public.[7] The force headquarters is Lloyd House on Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham
Birmingham
City Centre, and houses the Command Team alongside other departmental offices including the Press Office and Professional Standards Department. The force's Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, has stated that he would consider selling the force HQ if "the right financial offer came along".[174] The force helicopter operates from a base at Birmingham
Birmingham
Airport in Solihull
Solihull
which has facilities including motorised hangar doors, reinforced steel pedestrian access, an alarm system and CCTV to provide the helicopter protection whilst on the ground.[175] Large scale policing demonstrations such as protest marches and football matches are coordinated from the Events Control Suite (ECS) in Birmingham. Alongside radio facilities and the ability to stream live footage from the force helicopter, the ECS also has shared space for partner agencies.[110] Public Order courses are hosted at the regional training centre which consists of a converted aircraft hangar on the RAF Cosford
RAF Cosford
site near Telford. The site has facilities allowing officers to experience riot situations including dealing with 'Emotionally Disturbed Person' scenarios during which they are subject to attacks by role playing actors wielding weapons.[176] Custody Suites[edit]

The cells at Steelhouse Lane

As of October 2010 there were 18 custody suites designated under PACE for the reception of detainees.[177] Not all of these custody suites are currently used by the force, some have been mothballed owing to budget restraints and may be replaced in the future by two planned 'super blocks'.[178] Current custody suites are as follows:.[177]

LPU Custody suites Number of cells

Birmingham
Birmingham
West & Central LPU Steelhouse Lane 52

Aston 11

Birmingham
Birmingham
South LPU Bournville 17

Rose Road 14

Birmingham
Birmingham
East LPU Stechford 16

Kings Heath 16

Birmingham
Birmingham
North LPU Sutton Coldfield 16

Coventry
Coventry
LPU Little Park Street 26

Willenhall 20

Dudley
Dudley
LPU Brierley Hill 7

Halesowen 7

Sandwell
Sandwell
LPU West Bromwich 20

Smethwick 18

Solihull
Solihull
LPU Solihull 9

Walsall LPU Bloxwich 18

Walsall 20

Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
LPU Wolverhampton 19

Wednesfield 13

During an overhaul of the CCTV systems used in the force's custody suites that was completed in 2011 at a cost of £2.5 million, a networked range of audio and visual recording equipment was installed allowing staff to monitor detainees for the purposes of ensuring their safety and furthering investigations.[179] Footage is recorded to RAID storage devices with a total capacity of 1400 terabytes. West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
operate a Custody Visiting Scheme under which independent representatives from local communities are able to access detention facilities to observe, comment and report upon the welfare and treatment of detained persons.[180] Visits are conducted at random by volunteers working in pairs who then write a report on the feedback gathered during their visit.[181] In 2011 a joint inspection of the force's custody suites was conducted by HMIC and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons
which found overall leadership, staffing, healthcare provision and partnerships working was good but that work was required modernising cells to remove ligature points, arranging more consistent risk assessments and recording data to identify trends.[182] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Federation[edit] See also: Police Federation of England and Wales

Police Federation logo

The West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Federation Joint Branch Board is a part of the Police Federation of England and Wales, which is the representative body for every Police officer
Police officer
below the rank of Superintendent. Representatives of the Federation are elected for three year terms and must be serving police officers.[183] Police officers are restricted by their regulations from striking and from taking part in politics, hence the Federation represents their interests and negotiates on their behalf in the Police Negotiating Board in relation to pay, conditions and pensions. The Federation is funded by a monthly subscription paid from officers' salaries and provides representation and advice to officers who are subject to disciplinary offences. Each LPU has Police Federation representatives to whom officers can go to for support.[184] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Benevolent Fund[edit] The West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Benevolent Fund was set up in 1974 following the amalgamation of local forces to form West Midlands Police. The fund is financed by subscriptions from members and donations from a wide variety of sources and monies are distributed on application to the committee to both serving and retired officers who are subscribing members and who find themselves suffering financial hardship and in need of assistance.[185] Police officers are able to subscribe to the Benevolent Fund for a subscription of £2 a month[186] and are eligible to receive a range of charitable grants and loans at the discretion of the Management Committee.[187] West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Sports & Social Club[edit] The West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
Sports & Social Club is a subscription based club offering members access to a wide range of discounted goods and services including hotels, attractions and meals.[188] The club runs a monthly lottery with a £5000 jackpot open not only to all serving police officers, PCSOs and staff but also to retired employees. A wide range of sporting clubs operate through the club including athletics, walking, shooting and fishing. The club owns a minibus which can be booked out for members' use and members are able to apply for grants from the club to subsidise the cost of events. Officers killed in the line of duty[edit]

Memorial to PC Malcolm Walker at Perry Barr

See also: List of British police officers killed in the line of duty The Police Roll of Honour Trust lists and commemorates all British police officers killed in the line of duty, and since its establishment in 1984 has erected over 38 memorials to some of those officers. The following officers of West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police
and its former constabularies are listed by the Trust as having died attempting to prevent, stop or solve a crime, since the turn of the 20th century:[189]

1901 (1901): PC Charles Phillip Gunter. Fatally injured by thrown brick while attempting to disperse a disorderly crowd 1925 (1925): PC Albert Willits. Shot dead while attempting to arrest three men 1928 (1928): PC Charles William Sheppard. Beaten to death attending a disturbance 1965 (1965): DS James Stanford QPM. Fatally stabbed; posthumously awarded Queen's Police Medal 1975 (1975): PC David Christopher Green. Fatally stabbed during an arrest 1984 (1984): PC Andrew Stephen Le Comte. Fell from a roof while searching for suspects 1984 (1984): PC Colin John Hall. Collapsed attending a disturbance and died 1988 (1988): PC Gavin Richard Carlton. Shot by armed robber during a police pursuit 1989 (1989): PC Anthony John Salt. Fatally injured by falling on a mechanical digger after getting drunk on duty[190][191] 2001 (2001): PC Malcolm Edward Walker. Fatally injured when his motorcycle was struck during a police pursuit 2004 (2004): DC Michael Swindells QGM. Fatally stabbed; posthumously awarded Queen's Gallantry Medal

Notable incidents and investigations[edit]

21 November 1974 (1974-11-21): Birmingham
Birmingham
Pub Bombings: Twenty one people killed and one hundred and eighty two injured after devices exploded in the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs in Birmingham
Birmingham
City Centre 1989 (1989): Review of South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police
following the Hillsborough Disaster: Force called in to investigate South Yorkshire officers' conduct after the 1989 stadium crush. It has since been proven that they altered witness statements and alleged that they pressured and bullied witnesses to change their statements about the disaster.[192] 2 January 2003 (2003-01-02): Murder of Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis in a gang-related drive-by machine-gunning. 28 July 2005 (2005-07-28): Birmingham
Birmingham
tornado: Officers involved in rescue and recovery operation following a tornado touching down in Sparkbrook. 22 October 2005 (2005-10-22)–23 October 2005 (2005-10-23): Handsworth Riots: Race riots in Handsworth and Lozells
Lozells
on two consecutive nights, following rumours of an alleged gang rape of a teenage black girl by a group of South Asian men. 2007 (2007): Operation Gamble: A plot by British Pakistanis in Birmingham
Birmingham
to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier. Eight homes and four businesses were raided after an investigation involving intelligence services and other police forces. The investigation led to 9 arrests, 6 of whom were charged. 2010 (2010): Papal visit to the United Kingdom: Large policing operation to assist with security measures during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
which included a mass of Beatification
Beatification
in Cofton Park
Cofton Park
and dinner at St Mary's College, New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield. 6 August 2011 (2011-08-06)–10 August 2011 (2011-08-10): England Riots: Large scale disorders across England affecting the centres of Birmingham, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
and West Bromwich, following the death of Mark Duggan 2012 (2012): London Olympic Games: Officers from across the West Midlands were involved in policing events in the region and were deployed on Mutual Aid to help assist other forces.

Photo gallery[edit]

Evening patrols in Birmingham

Operational Department Photo

Neighbourhood officers patrolling the German Frankfurt Market

Forensic Scene Investigator photographing evidence

Firearms Training

Cannabis factory found in Wolverhampton

Public Order Training

Drugs warrant briefing

The force Helicopter in Sutton Park

Seized firearms

Force Traffic Motorbikes

Officer speaking to a shopkeeper

OSU officers searching drains

Officer issuing a roadside breath test

NABIS Expert Technician carries out comparison microscopy

Officer marking a TV screen with special DNA
DNA
liquid in Aston.

See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

M. Talbot, A Peeler in the Family, 2011. M. Talbot, Birmingham City Police
Birmingham City Police
(1939–1945), 2012. J. Klein, Invisible Men: The Daily Lives of Police Constable in Manchester, Birmingham
Birmingham
and Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2010. J. Reilly, Policing Birmingham: An Account of 150 Years of Police in Birmingham, West Midlands Police, 1989. P. Browning, The Good Guys Wear Blue: One Mans Struggle Policing the Tough Streets of Coventry, Reality Press Ltd, 2007.

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