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Residents and businesses to have say on police commissioner transfer to West Midlands mayor

Sarah Mason 31st Jan, 2019

RESIDENTS and businesses are being asked to comment on plans to transfer the role of the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner to the West Midlands Mayor.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) said the second consultation will focus on the detail over how the leadership and direction of policing would operate and who would be responsible for making decisions.

The first consultation looked at public opinion about the change.

Responses to both stages of the consultation will be analysed and fed back to the WMCA Board in March.

The plans are dividing opinion, with the PCC role currently held by Labour’s David Jamieson, while the region’s first mayor is Conservative Andy Street.

Mr Street chairs the WMCA and also has significant separate powers to it – over economic development, skills and transport.

The PCC’s role is to hold West Midlands Police to account on the public’s behalf.

Both positions – created in recent years under the government’s devolution agenda – are directly elected roles, whereby voters have the power to vote incumbents out if they are not happy.

To comment online visit http://snapsurveys.wmca.org.uk or in person on the WMCA exhibition bus which will be in Mell Square, Solihull, on February 28 from 2pm until 6pm and in Ironmonger Row, Coventry on March 2 from 9am until 3pm.

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