Selly Oak constituents tell Steve what policing means to them


Steve McCabe MP held a packed meeting with constituents to discuss their thoughts on local policing.


Steve shared the key findings from his constituency-wide consultation on local policing. Generally there was a good satisfaction rate with local policing, with most people agreeing that visible policing is an important element.


Many constituents at the meeting expressed their concern about plans to privatise the police and many were worried about any potential involvement of G4S following the chaos at the Olympics over the summer.  


Problems with anti-social behaviour was a recurrent theme throughout the meeting and in the consultation responses, many people felt that nothing happened when such crimes were reported and there were specific worries about tackling young offenders.


Other issues discussed at the meeting included the lack of respect shown by Andrew Mitchell MP to police officers at Downing Street, the death penalty, standards in Prisons and the issue of foreign prisoners.


Steve said:

“One of the most important things that came out of the survey and the meeting was that many people feel there is a lack of action on anti-social behaviour especially in specific parts of the constituency. I was concerned to hear that in some of the problem areas local residents didn’t feel there was a strong police presence and I am especially worried that some people in some instances feel that there is no point in reporting anti-social behaviour.


“My constituents were also keen to hear more about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner and how they would influence local policing and not just be another layer of bureaucracy. The election of a Police and Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands will hopefully have a real impact on policing priorities and where budgets are spent, it is vital that people across the West Midlands are aware of the election and its importance.


“After the meeting I met with the Local Sector Commander for my constituency and passed on these concerns. It is important that the local police force is aware of the worries and concerns of residents in order to act in the best interests of the community. “



 Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Bob Jones popped into the meeting to tell residents about the upcoming election on Thursday 15th November. If you would like some more information on this election please visit:

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