Conservative West Midlands PCC candidate vows to scrap deputy to boost frontline policing by £60k - The Coventry Observer

7th Aug, 2022

Conservative West Midlands PCC candidate vows to scrap deputy to boost frontline policing by £60k

THE Conservative candidate for the role of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says he will scrap the role of deputy PCC to put the £60,000 salary into frontline policing.

Jay Singh-Sohal says he will reduce office costs and focus on ‘more police, less politics’.

Mr Singh-Sohal said: “We will soon have an opportunity to elect a new PCC who will invest in frontline policing ahead of his own multi-million pound office in Lloyd House, and I am the only one committed to cutting politics and bureaucracy to invest into tackling rising crime.

“Residents, who already feel deeply disconnected with both policing and the Commissioner, will expect nothing short of change, and

I have a plan to bring the strong leadership and focus needed to make people feel safer and more secure.”

Coventry Conservative Group leader Gary Ridley, who is backing Mr Singh-Sohal’s campaign, said: “We have had years of politically-motivated spending by a Labour PCC, which has diverted millions of pounds from frontline policing and tackling rising crime.

“It is good to finally see a PCC candidate who will deliver a responsible approach to how taxpayers’ money is spent. People want to see that every penny is held accountable, and Jay Singh-Sohal will do that.”

The West Midlands force area saw a second year of significant increases with the 2021/2 funding settlement boosting the budget of West Midlands Police to £655m.

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