Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has hand-delivered a petition to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson. Mrs Burt’s 207-signature petition calls for the front desk at Shirley Police Station to be saved.
Mrs Burt put forward a number of alternative proposals which Mr Jamieson agreed to discuss with the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Chris Sims OBE.
Mrs Burt previously met with the chief of policing in Solihull, Alex Murray, to discuss her concerns about plans to reduce hours at the front desk at Solihull Police Station and close the front desk at Shirley Police Station entirely. Police front desks offer victims of crime and other members of the public direct, face-to-face contact with police.
Mr Jamieson, a former Labour councillor in Solihull, was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands in a by-election after his predecessor, Bob Jones, unexpectedly passed away in 2014.
Mrs Burt said
“I am very concerned about Mr Jamieson’s plans to close Shirley Police Desk, which would cut off some vulnerable residents from face-to-face contact with police.
“Nevertheless I am grateful to him for meeting with me in person to accept my petition.
“People living in Shirley deserve to know they can have face-to-face contact with the police when they need it.”
Photograph of Lorely Burt discussing her petition with Police & Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson