Well here we are! After asking various people's opinions and finalising the details, the day has come where I'm formally announcing my candidacy for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Scared? Slightly. Ready for it? Absolutely!

So how did we get here? Well, it all began at a Safer Future Communities briefing in Birmingham which I attended in my role as trustee for the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP). The purpose of the conference was to explore how the role of PCC would affect the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. During the one of the workshops an  older lady representing Neighbourhood Watch in Walsall said, "You know if I was 20 years younger, I would give them all a run for their money."  

I thought, 'go girl' and admired her spirit, but she had planted a seed. I thought, I have relevant experience, I can make a difference to the security and safety of the West Midlands and I am 20 years younger.  

Thank you Neighbourhood Watch lady from Walsall because without your inspiration I would not have started this journey.

So here I am, ready to work for you. 

After further investigation it's become clear that even now (just over 3 months away from election) some elements of the role are yet to be determined. Worse still, there's been so little information shared publicly about the PCC role that very few are aware of what it will mean for national and local policing, and most crucially, for the West Midlands. And that's where I come in. The first thing on my tick list is to get information out to people, explaining what it's all about.

Watch this space!
Paul Snape
29/7/2012 10:07:51 am

Cath,

I presume you are standing as an independent Candidate, which to me is what the role of Police Commissioner should be. After your 30 years you will know that it was the polititians and the politics who ruined policing and prevented us all from doing our job.

Good luck, I know Bob Jones may be the favourite but it would be nice to see someone like yourself, who might make a real difference, win.

Paul Snape.

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Mary
31/7/2012 05:00:17 am

On the 2nd July 2012 the Home office announced that - Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will now also be in a position to commission a range of victims' services. These will help individuals cope with and recover from the consequences of crime, ensuring that services meet local need, represent value for money and deliver real outcomes for victims.

If you win the election how would you go about managing that when Birmingham has so many victims of crime who often feel that they are not treated in a fair and just manner?

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