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Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.


“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.


Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...


Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.


Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.


The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.


We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.


Endemic Abuse 

7 Aug

This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).


Re X (a child) No 3 (2017) 

3 Aug

Today, the head of the Family Division has handed down a judgment containing some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever known a senior judge to use, questioning whether the issues before him mean we can lay claim to being a civilised...


Body Worn Video and Mental Health 

29 Jul

The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now.


We are all talking about demand 

28 Jul

From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?” We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you.


Man charged with making malicious communications to 999 

27 Jul

Officers have charged a Birmingham man with making malicious and racially aggravated calls following a number of calls made to the police 999 system.


Statement following firearm discharge in Frankley last night 

27 Jul

Police have cordoned off an area in Hereford Close in Frankley, Birmingham following a firearm discharge last night (Wednesday 27 July).


Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.


Woman jailed for assisting Kenichi Phillips’ murderers 

26 Jul

A woman who helped two men convicted for murdering Birmingham teen Kenichi Phillips to evade justice has been jailed for three years.


Burglar traced to seaside camping hideout 

25 Jul

A prolific thief has been sent to a youth offenders institute for a series of burglaries in Solihull – after West Midlands Police traced him to his seaside campsite hiding place.


Three handed life prison terms for drive-by killing of Black Country dad 

25 Jul

Three men have been jailed for life having been convicted of the fatal drive-by shooting of a Black Country dad.


Police appeal to trace suspected fraudster 

25 Jul

Police are appealing for information after a family were defrauded by a man claiming to work for Birmingham City Council.


Police arrest four in Birmingham as part of crackdown on firearms and violent crime 

24 Jul

Police in Birmingham have arrested four men over the weekend as part of their on-going crackdown on firearms and violent crime in the city.


Officers appeal for help to find missing Birmingham man 

24 Jul

Police are urgently appealing for information to find missing man John Dyke who has not been seen since Friday (21 July).


Street racers narrowly avoid jail – latest road menaces snared in Operation Hercules 

24 Jul

Three road menaces who tore along a Birmingham dual carriageway at speeds of more than 130mph have narrowly avoided being jailed for street racing.


Admissions on Admissions 

23 Jul

You may have noticed the Care Quality Commission published a report this week on the State of Mental Health Care.


Quick-thinking cop catches rider on stolen motorbike 

23 Jul

A motorbike thief was caught by a quick-thinking cop who leapt from his unmarked patrol car while the unsuspecting rider was stuck in traffic.


Man in court charged with a common assault that took place in Solihull 

23 Jul

A man will appear at Birmingham Magistrates court next month charged with common assault.


Please, Just Stop 

22 Jul

There is a commonly occurring scenario amongst our colleagues in green and blue where they end up conspiring together to cause a nightmare and it needs to stop before someone is disciplined or worse, hurt.


CCTV footage released after a man is attacked in Small Heath 

22 Jul

Police have released CCTV footage as part of an on-going investigation into a serious assault that took place in Small Heath earlier this month.


35 years jail for Black Country drugs family  

21 Jul

Four members of a drugs gang have been jailed after a West Midlands Police investigation estimated they supplied heroin and cocaine worth £100,000s onto the streets of the Black Country.


Police tackle firearm offences 

21 Jul

Police are continuing in their efforts to make the streets of the West Midlands safer by cracking down on those that choose to use or carry guns A number of arrests have been made over the last few days in connection with firearm use and police...


Two jailed for death of passenger in Christmas Day crash 

21 Jul

Two Birmingham men have been jailed for a total of 15 years after a Christmas Day crash on the Stratford Road in Hall Green resulted in the death of a passenger.


Appeal to trace missing Birmingham man 

21 Jul

We are searching for a man who went missing from Birmingham earlier this morning.


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Police blogs »

Six Missed Chances 

21 Sep

I want to ask you to put all your preconceptions to one side for the five minutes it will take to read this and for a short while afterwards.


“Every victim should be safer after contacting the police and we should do all that we can to secure justice for them” 

13 Sep

Many of you will be aware that, as well as being Deputy Chief Constable, I am the National Police (NPCC) lead for Domestic Abuse.


Mark and the Mental Capacity Act 

1 Sep

I didn’t watch the second episode of #Ambulance last night – I won’t bore you with the reasons why, but my iPad was flashing at me towards the end with people tagging me in conversations they were tweeting as they went –...


Tricks and Tools 

18 Aug

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.


Mental Health Expert 

15 Aug

Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.


The Coroner’s Courtroom 

11 Aug

For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.


We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

9 Aug

Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.


Endemic Abuse 

7 Aug

This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).


Re X (a child) No 3 (2017) 

3 Aug

Today, the head of the Family Division has handed down a judgment containing some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever known a senior judge to use, questioning whether the issues before him mean we can lay claim to being a civilised...


Body Worn Video and Mental Health 

29 Jul

The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now.


We are all talking about demand 

28 Jul

From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?” We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you.


Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.


Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.


Admissions on Admissions 

23 Jul

You may have noticed the Care Quality Commission published a report this week on the State of Mental Health Care.


Please, Just Stop 

22 Jul

There is a commonly occurring scenario amongst our colleagues in green and blue where they end up conspiring together to cause a nightmare and it needs to stop before someone is disciplined or worse, hurt.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.


The Law of the Land 

16 Jul

Did I mention I’d been to France?! … see above! We arrived home late last night and now have a recovery day before the harsh reality of work, first thing in the morning! I had a very interesting experience  once I’d arrived...


Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.


All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.


The MHA Changes 

13 Jul

I’m being absolutely inundated at the moment, via email, phone and social media, with questions about when those changes to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will be brought in to effect.


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Police videos »

Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.


Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect’s house 

23 Apr

Officers enter booby-trapped drug suspect's house Dramatic footage of the moment police in the Black Country broke down the booby-trapped door of a suspected drug dealer.


WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids 

21 Apr

WATCH: Seven arrested in Sandwell crime blitz raids Seven people have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated dawn raids across Birmingham and the Black Country in a blitz on criminals in Sandwell.


Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation 

21 Apr

Police seek potential witnesses in Coventry rape investigation Are you one of the men in this footage? If so, you may have seen something which could help us with a Coventry rape investigation.


Heron Foods robbery appeal 

20 Apr

Heron Foods robbery appeal We're looking for a robber, in a distinctive jumper, who lay in wait for a shop assistant at a Weoley Castle food store on 5 March before emptying the shop's safe.


Black Country brolly robbers in action 

17 Apr

Black Country brolly robbers in action Footage showing a group of Black Country robbers who used umbrellas to mask their entrance into a Farmfoods shop in Tipton.


More Police videos


West Midlands Police - wanted


WM Air Ambulance »

Four-year-old ‘seriously injured’ after being hit by car in… 

15 Sep

Police have provided an update on the young girl hit by a car in Walsall this morning, saying her injuries are serious but not life-threatening.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary -… 

15 Sep

A toddler has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school this morning.


School run horror as toddler hit by car outside Walsall primary – air ambulance scrambled 

15 Sep

Youngster taken to Birmingham Childrens Hospital after collision outside Castlefort School...


Air ambulance drama as cyclist falls off bike in Tamworth 

14 Sep

Medics scrambled to a cycle path in Tamworth after a biker fell off their bike.


Firefighters tackle car blaze in Tamworth 

13 Sep

Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been called to Tamworth this morning (September 13) to deal with a car fire.


Air ambulance called after car rolls near Tamworth 

13 Sep

An air ambulance was dispatched to a village near Tamworth after a car rolled on its side.


Child hit by car outside Edgar Stammers School in Ross Road,… 

11 Sep

A YOUNG boy has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car outside a Walsall school.


Air ambulance lands in Walsall after crash between car and… 

11 Sep

The air ambulance was called to Walsall this morning (Monday, September 11) after a crash between a car and a motorbike involving a teenager.


Air ambulance called after man hit by car in Handsworth 

6 Sep

Rookery Road closed for several hours while emergency services attended the scene...


Man airlifted to hospital after crash 

5 Sep

The male car driver, in his 20s, was trapped in his vehicle for about 50 minutes and had to be cut free before being airlifted to hospital.


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