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Guest blog by ACC Michele Larmour: My first six months

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 21st December 2015 at 14:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

Having completed my first six months as ACC in WMP, I want to share some observations with you. I hope you enjoy reading my first blog. I joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in July 1986 and was involved in the transition to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in 2001. My service has predominantly been operational and I have also been fortunate enough to do some international work.  You can read my biography here. After careful consideration, and lots of discussion with my husband...
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Police Funding

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 14th December 2015 at 8:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

This is a short blog to address the uncertainty concerning funding. This week, on either the 16th or 17th December, we will be told the government grant allocation for West Midlands Police for 2016-17. Two weeks ago we saw the Chancellor announce that police spending had been given “real terms” protection.  We now know that he made this claim based on an assumption of council tax increases of the maximum amount allowed for each of the next four years. The Chancellor’s statement took...
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How Paris has changed our world

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 20th November 2015 at 11:08 - Posted in Police Blogs

On the 11th September 2001 I was a superintendent in East Manchester. A colleague and I were stood on the building site of the Commonwealth Games Stadium, now Manchester City’s ground, planning out the Commonwealth Games. We got a call an aircraft had crashed into the World Trade Center. 9/11 began a seismic cycle of change that has shaped my career and policing since. What had been a plan to manage a games and an opening ceremony operation to prevent Irish terrorism became a debate, and only...
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Difficult time for all our staff

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 11th November 2015 at 11:56 - Posted in Police Blogs

After a short break covered by ACC Foulkes I thought it may perhaps be helpful this week to jump back in before the next blog by the team as there has been so much coverage of cuts. This week has been a difficult one for police community support officers as we have confirmed that between now and 2020 we are planning on numbers being reduced from a current strength of 535 to 119 in the new WMP2020 neighbourhood model. The precise rate at which these numbers reduce will be determined as our future...
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Command Team Takeover – ACC Foulkes

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 12th October 2015 at 10:29 - Posted in Police Blogs

In the first of a series of guest posts, fellow command team member ACC Carl Foulkes has taken over the reins of DCC Thompson’s blog as he talks about the role he plays in WMP 2020, his wider portfolio and the tragic death of PC David Phillips in Merseyside. If you have comments on the guest blog, don’t forget you can leave them in the comments section at the bottom of the post. Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes I am sure a number of you logging onto what has historically been the DCC’s...
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Preferred Candidate for Chief Constable

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 24th September 2015 at 14:10 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have not written a blog for a few weeks due to my leave and, of course, a pending interview I had. Last week I was very pleased to be named as the preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of West Midlands Police. You may not quite understand what this means. I have been selected for the role by the Police and Crime Commissioner after a two day process. At the next stage I will appear at a confirmation hearing of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel who scrutinise the appointment and...
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West Midands Police in the press : Officers in Spain and wanted offenders

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 14th August 2015 at 8:41 - Posted in Police Blogs

This week West Midlands Police has been consistently in the news. We have been criticised for our actions and decisions in two high profile stories. I am always conscious that adverse headlines create difficulties for you. Friends, family and members of the public will have a strong view on what we have done and you are often left trying to explain actions you may not understand so I want to offer you my explanation. It is important we recognise this is happening in a context where Police Chiefs...
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DCC’s blog: Police finances and misconduct hearings

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 04th August 2015 at 15:26 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week was dominated by the discussions the Chief Constable had with Police Community Support Officers. I do not wish to replay that discussion but we have been really keen to be open with people about the future. We have always recognised around 2,500 roles will be lost at West Midlands Police based upon the level of budget cuts predicted by the Office of Budget Responsibility.  We had previously indicated PCSO numbers would fall at the same rate as officers and staff. That position is not going...
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Learning to adapt and respond

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 03rd July 2015 at 8:57 - Posted in Police Blogs

National Issues There has been a little gap since the last blog. I have been busy writing a few others for external organisations as we try to influence the direction of the next parliament. Here is one I wrote for the Reform think tank on their report in policing. There have actually been quite a few reports out on policing. Here are a few of the highlights: Reform’s paper The Committee on Standards in Public Life report on ethics The College of Policing Leadership Review I suspect these will...
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It’s going to be emotional

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson on the 26th May 2015 at 9:49 - Posted in Police Blogs

I am going to have a break from the operating model. Back to it next week. Last week I watched an officer cry about policing. This was not at the Federation Conference. It was on the brilliant The Detectives on BBC2. The three episodes of this programme following GMP’s Sexual Offences Unit have been an excellent insight into officers’ work and victim’s experience in these traumatic offences. If you have not seen the section, the officer has a suspect for a nasty stranger rape and gets...
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