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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Simon John Foster

My family’s roots are in the Black Country and I have lived, worked and brought my family up in the West Midlands. During my 35 years career as a legal aid solicitor, I have always represented the people and communities of the West Midlands.

As your Police and Crime Commissioner I will:

  • Strengthen community policing by putting 450 extra community police officers on our streets.
  • Reduce violent crime by investing in prevention when possible and detection and enforcement when necessary.
  • Combat violence against women, including domestic abuse, ensuring police use all tools available to prioritise safety of victims.
  • Prevent our children and young people from becoming victims or offenders by safeguarding and promoting their welfare.
  • Tackle ruthless suppliers and dealers of drugs profiting from criminal exploitation, promote harm prevention and treatment by way of diversion and to save lives.
  • Invest in crime prevention, because the prevention of crime is always better than having to deal with the consequences of crime.
  • Protect victims of crime, promote their rights and ensure access to suitable victim support services.
  • Aim for a police service that is representative of the people and communities it serves, eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.
  • Oppose any steps to abolish the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner, democratically elected by and directly accountable to you, the people.
  • Fight for fair funding to return police numbers to 2010 levels, prevent local council tax payers having to pay more for less and a fair funding formula for the West Midlands.


My top priority will always be justice, safety and security for all of our people, communities and regions of the West Midlands.

Prepared by Harry Taylor, Election Agent at Terry Duffy House, 1 Thomas Street, West Bromwich, B70 6NT

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