Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has urged the government to do more to tackle violent crime in the West Midlands, in a letter to new Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Referencing the string of recent violent crimes which have seen four young people killed and several more shot and stabbed during the month of May, Mr Davidson asked Mr Javid to pledge an extra £2 million to help fight the causes of violence in the region.
This was a request that was rejected by former Home Secretary Amber Rudd when she met Mr Jamieson earlier this year.
Mr Jamieson told Mr Javid that “the threats that the West Midlands faces are higher than elsewhere in the country”.
He urged him to meet a cross-party group of MPs from the West Midlands to hear about the work that is on-going in the region and discuss how the Government can offer support.
The full letter to the Home Secretary reads:
“You will be only too aware of the increase in violent crime in the West Midlands in recent weeks. Whilst not at the levels seen in London, the level of violent crime is disturbing and requires us all to take action. We are all responsible for building a society in which our young people have the opportunities they deserve and don’t end up in a life of criminality and violence.
“Earlier this year, I asked your predecessor if she would be willing to match fund the work of my Commission on Gangs and Violence, through which I am investing £2 million to tackle the root causes of criminality and divert young people away from crime. The Commission has brought together agencies from across the region with community groups to work together to end the violence.
“I would ask that you reconsider this ask, especially as much of the work undertaken by the Commission has subsequently been included in the Home Office’s Serious Violence Strategy.
“The threats that the West Midlands faces are higher than elsewhere in the country, therefore I hope the Governments focusses its efforts and resources on areas like ours.
“I would also ask that in the near future you meet a cross-party group of MPs and myself, to hear first-hand the work underway by the Commission and how the Home Office can support us to tackle violent crime.
“It is crucial that we all come together to end the tragic loss of young lives.
“Yours sincerely, David Jamieson.”