Cllr Ernie Hendricks, (Lib Dem, Moseley & Kings Heath). Another vote to delay the whole matter until after the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner also fell - again Cllr Hendricks voted with the majority.Put simply, there is still no evidence that these proposals will increase efficiency or the quality of service or assurances about the impact on other partnerships with local forces. It is certainly true that with costs contractually fixed for whatever is privatised, then any further funding cuts could only impact on the front line officers on our streets - there would be no option. It is also odd that such a plan would be launched only months ahead of the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Labour group, plus the independent chair of audit, did not agree that the proposal was fit to progress, but were outvoted by the rest of the authority, including
The best hope is that because of the timing of the process, the final decision will be taken by the incoming Police and Crime Commissioner, making that election in November one about the whole future of policing in the West Midlands.