West Midlands Police and Crime Comissioner Bob Jones will be meeting with businesses in Birmingham today to discuss how to reduce crime.
Theft from shops and fraud are the most common forms of crime to affect retailers. 93 business crimes are reported across the West Midlands each day.
The first Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands has stopped controversial plans to allow private firms to run parts of the force's core services.
Half a million pounds has already been spent looking at how this would have worked. It was hoped that privatising parts of the police would help plug a £126 million funding gap.
But Bob Jones, the Commissioner who starts in his new role today, says the force should be accountable to the public, not shareholders.
Bob Jones, PCC for the West Midlands, will today officially begin his duty and hold his first press conference.Read the full story ›
Andy Charles has been appointed as the Police Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.
Paddy Tipping is the new and first Police Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire.
He says he knows what he has to do.
The Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police has congratulated Paddy Tipping on his appointment as Nottinghamshire's Police Crime Commissioner.
“I want to congratulate Paddy Tipping on his appointment as Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner and wish him all the very best in this new role."
"I look forward to developing a strong relationship with the Commissioner and working together in partnership to build upon the successes the force has had in recent years in making our communities safer."
"It's been a great honour and privilege to be elected to this position and I hope I can fulfill the expectations of the Derbyshire people. There is a lot of work to be done, and I will start that work immediately."
Paddy Tipping has been sworn in as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire this morning.
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Newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are making their Declaration of Acceptance of Office at separate venues ahead of starting work on Thursday.
Pictured here is Alan Charles being sworn in as PCC for Derbyshire.
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