Violent crime never higher, how will the new top cop cope?
The force’s newest Assistant Chief Constable has vowed to maintain the crackdown on violent crime by targeting those at the heart of gun and knife crime in the region.
Jayne Meir is focussed on tackling crimes which cause the ’most impact and harm’ on communities across the West Midlands.
The 45-year-old started her role as one of West Midlands Police’s most senior officers this month and has overall responsibilities for Force CID, Public Protection, Forensics and Criminal Justice Services.
She has significant experience having worked in areas of crime investigation, community safety, counter terrorism and organised crime during more than 20 years in policing.
“It is a privilege for me to become an ACC and I have been determined to hit the ground running.
“One of my priorities, just like the force, is around tackling violent crime and will remain a key focus.
“We are already doing a lot of work – some of which is not always visible to the public – to disrupt organised gangs and relentlessly pursuing those linked to knife and gun crime.”
There have already been a number of convictions this year including a 49-year-old man who was suspected of storing guns and ammunition for gang members. He was jailed for seven years after officers discovered firearms behind a secret panel in his Billesley flat.
A 17-year-old boy was also jailed for a minimum of 14 years for the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Bordesley Green earlier this year.
“We want to make sure those who are committing the most harmful crimes in our communities are brought to justice.
“We know that violent crime, knife crime, domestic abuse and burglary are amongst the offences that cause the most concern.
“We want to ensure we secure positive outcomes for victims of crime and this includes continuing to work with neighbourhood policing teams to prevent offenders from re-offending.”
Jayne initially joined WMP in summer 2016, after almost two decades with the Met, when she became the head of policing in Wolverhampton.
After two years she became head of intelligence before being promoted to the force’s senior command team.
Having developed a wide level of expertise from her various previous roles, which also includes working in domestic abuse, cyber-crime and fraud departments, she is keen to pass on her knowledge and continue to drive forward improvements.
“Having already had the opportunity to visit teams across the force, and having worked in WMP for the last three years, I know we have very passionate, professional and dedicated staff who are committed to providing an excellent service to the public,” she said.
“Like everyone, I am always continually striving to improve myself. We want to do everything we can to keep people safe.”