THE NEW Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged to carry on with plans to recruit officers and protect neighbourhood policing.
Labour’s David Jamieson secured more than half of votes in a by-election sparked by the sudden death of Bob Jones.
Turnout in last Thursday’s election was just 10.4 per cent.
Mr Jamieson, a former transport minister, said: “The most important task is to continue with the recruitment of new police officers and to oppose any attempt to privatise front line policing.
“It is with some humility that I now carry on the work of Bob Jones. Bob was a superb man who was very much liked, admired and respected throughout the West Midlands. He will be a very difficult act to follow.”
Current deputy Yvonne Mosquito will continue in the role.