Bob Jones wins regional top cop job

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LABOUR’S Bob Jones has been elected to take on the brand new role of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Jones has bagged the top job after beating Tory candidate Matt Bennett into second place following yesterday’s election which recorded a turnout across the region of just 12.31 per cent.

Commissioner Jones secured 117,388 first and second preference votes, compared with 55,685 for Matt Bennett.

The newly-elected commissioner is now due to meet with the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Chris Sims, to discuss the future and look at how they can work together to further improve the service provided to people across the Dudley borough and the entire West Midlands.

Mr Sims congratulated Mr Jones on his win, adding: “This year the West Midlands has seen the lowest crime ever recorded thanks to the hard work of officers and staff across the force.

"We are entering a new era for policing governance and I am confident we will be able to build on recent successes.

"I will be meeting with Commissioner Jones in his capacity as PCC over the coming days to discuss how we can start to shape our plans for working together.”

The turnout for the election is believed to be the lowest in history.

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10:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

viktoria says...

Well done Mr. Jones, but please remember you have been elected by approximately 8% of the West Midlands electorate. That means 92% of the people didn't vote for you.
Well done Mr. Jones, but please remember you have been elected by approximately 8% of the West Midlands electorate. That means 92% of the people didn't vote for you. viktoria
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1:00pm Sat 17 Nov 12

The Mayor says...

You're absoultely right, but it was people's choice not to vote, they all had the right to do so. It never ceases to amaze me that people cannot find 5-10 mins to go the the polls, but then can spend hours complaining about the outcome of the election they couldn't be bothered to vote in! At a time when police officers are being sacked and stations closed to waste millions on this election is obscene, I'd rather see the funds put back into front line policing. I decided to use my two votes for independents, in the hope of keeping party politicians out, sadly, that was not to be.
You're absoultely right, but it was people's choice not to vote, they all had the right to do so. It never ceases to amaze me that people cannot find 5-10 mins to go the the polls, but then can spend hours complaining about the outcome of the election they couldn't be bothered to vote in! At a time when police officers are being sacked and stations closed to waste millions on this election is obscene, I'd rather see the funds put back into front line policing. I decided to use my two votes for independents, in the hope of keeping party politicians out, sadly, that was not to be. The Mayor
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