West Midlands Police are undergoing a Service Transformation programme.
They have issued the following to voluntary sector partners
(Plus this downloadable leaflet with details.)
The month of June will see the introduction of some major changes to how we handle public protection and investigation within West Midlands Police.
The changes focus firmly on the needs of the victim, forming part of a force-wide restructuring in this important arena and aim to provide an enhanced level of service.
The scale of change is unprecedented, bigger than the size of 27 other UK forces, and is as a result of a 12 month force review by the into our public protection and investigative functions.
The new operating model will see an additional 275 officers bolstering the numbers within public protection, working with our most vulnerable victims.
The changes have been made following wide scale consultation with local partner agencies and are being rolled out across the force throughout this year. Walsall and Wolverhampton LPUs are the first local areas to “go live” with the new model, starting on 16 June.
Key changes include:
- Centralised force-wide teams investigating murders and child sexual exploitation
- The creation of a specialist force-wide vulnerable adults team and an emerging trends team
- All acquisitive crime (e.g. burglary, vehicle crime) will be investigated by Local Policing Units, putting local investigators at the heart of local criminality
- Violent crime investigation will be clustered, with the expansion of the remit of the homicide and serious, organised and complex crime teams
- Three sexual offences team working alongside sexual offender managers will work on a clustered basis across the force
- The focus of public protection will be expanded with the creation of local child and domestic abuse teams and the creation of a vulnerable adult unit
- Closer collaboration between teams working across the public protection and investigation
Details of the locations of the new teams, the roles they will be covering and when they will Go Live can be found on the accompanying document.
There will be no change to the delivery of local policing across the West Midlands. Officers and PCSOs will continue to respond to calls in their area and deliver neighbourhood policing to communities
Extensive work has been undertaken to understand the depth of work being carried out across our public protection and investigative teams and the changes have been made very much in consultation with our partners.
Attached is an A3 pull out on the changes including detailed information on the new teams.
If you have any questions please do contact me to discuss further.
Service Transformation Team