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From stop and search to stop and talk and stop and think

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 08th March 2019 at 14:45 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week I called the murder of three teenage boys in Birmingham a local emergency. This week murders in London and Manchester made this a national crisis. On Wednesday I joined other Chiefs at a meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss our response which was a very positive, energised meeting. Meanwhile you have been working incredibly hard. From the staff investigating these crimes to officers carrying out searches in often difficult circumstances. I commend you all for stepping up to the challenge...
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A week of violence and tragedy

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 27th February 2019 at 14:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

This last week has been one of the most violent and tragic weeks I have seen in my police service. The violence and the loss of young lives has scarred families and communities across the region and specifically in parts of Birmingham. My thoughts are foremost to the families suffering this huge loss. Chief Constable David Thompson We have seen six murders over the last two weeks. It is important to say these are very varied and the offending, while having tragic results, did not in most of these...
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Sadness tempered with pride

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 22nd February 2019 at 15:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

The last few weeks have seen many reasons to feel pride in the force. Some incredibly sad, some exciting. PCSO Holly Burke’s tragic death has touched a great many of us because of its sudden nature and the fact it happened during a police operation. It has been hugely tough for colleagues and those involved in the case. I was pleased to see a significant turn out at her funeral from colleagues. No less loved was PC Rakesh Sond who also sadly died. Again colleagues attending to show their love and...
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The death of Kingsley Burrell

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 31st January 2019 at 11:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

I think it appropriate to share my view on this case. Mr Burrell’s death takes place in a context. This shapes how we view any story and it is different for all of us, as are the emotions that this case generates. Chief Constable David Thompson I make no challenge on the validity of anyone’s views of the context of this story as this is based on their values, views and life experience. It is for this reason my reflections begin with some facts. Mr Burrell should not have died. Both the NHS and...
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Back to work… 2019 here we go!

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 01st January 2019 at 10:59 - Posted in Police Blogs

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year. I enjoyed getting out to see some of you before Christmas and last night, New Year’s Eve. This festive period sees me turn the big 50. They say it’s the new forty and that caffeine products can help thicken the hair. I am drinking plenty of it so let’s see! A few things before I talk about 2019… First, thank you for the work on the performance plan. I am pleased to see reductions in outstanding logs and improved response...
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Diversity and fairness in the force

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 03rd December 2018 at 11:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

In the last few weeks there has been a great deal of internal and external discussion on diversity in the force. The Birmingham Mail/Live article on promotions, Ali Layne Smith’s blog and the Diversity and Inclusion discussions at the Lead2Achieve events. I suspect there will be further external coverage on a recent input at Force Leadership Conference on the concept of “whiteness” where senior leaders heard from a leading academic about how ingrained certain norms are in our society. It was...
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Straight talking

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 02nd November 2018 at 9:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

I want to use this blog to ensure you get a clear view from me on where the force is. The last few weeks has seen a great deal going on nationally, and in force, and I want to help put this in context. The financial position of policing nationally is coming to a critical juncture. The National Audit Office (NAO) Report on Police Financial Sustainability 2018 largely says policing is showing the strain of austerity which is falling unevenly. As the graph shows, West Midlands Police has suffered disproportionately. The...
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Brilliant team work during a summer of high demand

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 29th August 2018 at 13:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week I came back to work after a period of leave. I left in a red hot summer and stepped back into an autumnal August. The heatwave certainly made us very busy and I am grateful for the brilliant team work we have seen across the force to help us deal with a very high period of demand. Last weekend was difficult and sad. The tragic double murder in Solihull touched most of us in some respect, whether it was trying to help the family come to terms with their tragic loss, reassuring the community,...
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A hot few weeks and a long blog

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 27th July 2018 at 15:10 - Posted in Police Blogs

Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction. As Chief I am never really off duty and the great weather at a personal level is lovely but it heralds increased demand on us. We have stepped up some of our contingency planning to meet the demand that is hitting the force and indeed police forces across the country. We have a tendency to consider the demand on us as exceptional and indeed on some days it is. I am afraid, since really 2017 onwards, I have come to regard this...
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Conversations, reviews and operational issues

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 02nd July 2018 at 15:34 - Posted in Police Blogs

Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover. I promise to be brief!! WMP Conversations Remember the People Deal was about what you can expect from WMP and what WMP expects from you. The blogs from the other Executive Team members reflected the objective setting that is underway for senior staff under the WMP Conversations work. The Executive Team objectives have been set and these are cascading down to senior leaders. We will be rolling out conversations...
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