The West Midlands Police Crime Commissioner must ensure an efficient and effective, police force within the west midlands area. They set the priorities, for the force, decide the budget and hold the chief constable to account.
In 2016, following an increase in violent crime in the West Midlands, the West Midlands Police Crime Commissioner launched a review into gangs and violence in the region. They created a gang and youth violence commission, and started to listen to the views of people, young and old to find answers to some of the problems faced. The police and crime commissioner’s office, senior management, wanted to better engage with young people, from the region, in light of the increase in serious violence amongst young people.