Chief of Constabulary - Midlands communities 'not calling police'

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, has told The Times that there are "cities in the Midlands where the police never go because they are never called." He said that some minority communities are taking the law 'into their own hands'.

MP 'concerned' by Chief Inspector's claims

Keith Vaz MP Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Leicester MP Keith Vaz has voiced his concern about claims from the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, that there are "cities in the Midlands where the police never go because they are never called."

In a Times article, Winsor said that some minority communities are taking the law "into their own hands".

The Home Affairs Select Committee chairman said: "I am concerned by these claims. I have represented an inner city Midlands constituency, which is home to many diverse communities, for 26 years and have not seen any evidence to support the idea of a sub culture of secondary justice.

"The evidence in fact points the other way. Ethnic minority communities have developed impressive partnerships with the police and seek to report crimes and bring criminals to justice.

"It is hazardous to suggest that some communities have lost faith with the justice system of this country without providing specific evidence.

"I hope that Mr Winsor will back up his statements in his report. The Home Affairs Select Committee will also ask Bob Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, about this matter when he gives evidence to us on Tuesday."

Chief Constable responds to Chief Inspector's comments

Chief Constable Chris Sims Credit: West Midlands Police

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has responded to comments made by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, who claimed in a Times interview there are "cities in the Midlands where police never go because they are never called."

Chief Constable Chris Sims, said: "The experience of West Midlands Police officers and staff who actively work day in, day out with our communities could not be more different than suggested by Mr Winsor, assuming he’s referring to the West Midlands.

"There is no evidence to suggest that the under reporting of crimes is a significant issue here in the West Midlands and that some communities therefore feel compelled to take the law into their own hands."

"However we’re not complacent and we know there’s always more we can do to build trust and confidence. In fact, I would very much welcome the opportunity to see any evidence which supports Mr Winsor’s bold claims.

"As a force we enjoy excellent relationships with the diverse communities we serve and positively encourage members of the public report crimes to us."

"Major events such as the terrorist attacks on mosques across the Black Country last year saw key community representatives stand shoulder to shoulder with the police throughout the investigation and beyond. This is a typical example of our strong links with the community."

"Reports of hate crimes have risen over the past 12 months as a result of increased trust in police within communities and their confidence in our ability to thoroughly investigate offences and bring offenders to justice."

"In addition, West Midlands Police recently launched a long-running campaign strengthening the force’s commitment to protecting vulnerable victims, focusing on five key crime types including child sexual exploitation, forced marriage and female genital mutilation."

"This has already resulted in many more crimes being reported to us. These are just some of the issues communities tell us affect them and matter most."

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Chief Inspector of Constabulary: Communities in the Midlands 'not calling the police'

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, has told The Times that there are "cities in the Midlands where the police never go because they are never called."

In the article, he said that some minority communities are taking the law 'into their own hands'.

Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police, told The Times that areas with a high density of minority communities accounted for high volumes of calls to his force.