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.
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