Memo to West Midlands Police: don’t cut back what we pay extra for, says Castle Vale


West Midlands Police should bear in mind when making cutbacks that Castle Vale pays for some of its own police force, say members of Vale’s Neighbourhood Partnership Board. The NPB yesterday expressed concern that police cuts might be unfair to Castle Vale if cuts across the whole of the region failed to take account of extra money that Castle Vale contributes towards policing its own neighbourhood. The local money pays for 1.6 additional officers in Castle Vale.
“If police are to make cuts,” said NPB chair Sue Spicer, “they should omit the 1.6 officers from their calculations, then make the cuts, and then add back the 1.6 officers. We know that the police numbers will be cut, but we want a fair deal. We expect the same numbers as other areas, and an additional 1.6 officers that we have been paying for out of Castle Vale’s own money.”
Neighbourhood Manager Ruth Miller is to meet Erdington’s Inspector Steve Ward next week to discuss policing numbers in Castle Vale.

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2 responses to “Memo to West Midlands Police: don’t cut back what we pay extra for, says Castle Vale

  1. Well well well I didn’t know residents paid extra money for extra policing and I wonder how many others don’t know either?

  2. Sutton Coldfiel citizen

    Well if the residents helped to stop crime then they would save a packet of subsidised tax payers money.