The latest news in Caroline's bid to help keep local communities safe and free from crime during this Parliament (June 2017 onwards):
Column: MP calls for detail as PCC remains tight lipped over Solihull police station closure - Tuesday, 8 May, 2018
Dame Caroline urged the PCC to bring forward alternative solutions and listen to the voices in the community that are demanding Solihull keeps a fully-functioning police station.
Residents urged to have their say in Government review on unauthorised traveller encampments. - Friday, 6th April 2018
Dame Caroline Spelman is urging local residents to take part in a Government consultation on new powers to tackle illegal or unauthorised traveller encampments. The consultation is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/powers-for-dealing-with-unauthorised-development-and-encampments
3,500 petitioners back MPs calls to abandon police station closure plans. - Tuesday, 20th March 2018
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, is facing criticism from local MPs, borough councillors and residents after plans to close Solihull Police Station were announced without a full public consultation in February.
Responding to the decision, local MPs Julian Knight (Solihull) and Dame Caroline Spelman (Meriden) launched a petition calling on the PCC to reject the proposal.
Police Commissioner under pressure to re-open Balsall Common Police Shop - Wednesday, 14th February, 2018
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, is under pressure to re-open the Community Police Shop in Balsall Common which was closed under his watch in 2016.
The decision to close the facility; which was staffed by volunteers, provoked criticism in the community and from the Meriden MP, Dame Caroline Spelman and Solihull MBC Cabinet Member, Councillor, Tony Dicicco (Meriden ward) at the time of closure.
Local MP campaigns for tougher sentences for criminals who assault emergency workers - Wednesday, 17th January 2018
Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden has submitted a Parliamentary Motion calling on the Government to undertake ‘urgent action’ to strengthen penalties for offenders who assault on-duty emergency service workers.
Dame Caroline welcomes £9.5 million boost to local police funding - Wednesday, 20 December, 2017
Dame Caroline Spelman MP has welcomed today’s news of a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales.
This includes up to an additional £270 million in police force budgets, so individual forces have the resources they need to respond to changes in demand. Police funding in the West Midlands could increase by up to £9.5 million in 2018/19 as a result of these changes.
Local MP in Push for Improved Legislation to tackle Illegal Traveller Encampments - Monday, 16th October 2017
Extra Police Resources to Tackle Crime Wave - Wednesday, 11 October, 2017
On Friday, Chief Superintendent Bas Javid of Solihull Police told Dame Caroline that Solihull Rural have been awarded some temporary additional resources by the Chief Constable but whilst welcoming this decision, Dame Caroline said that Police resources must be restored to the same level they were before the PCC removed them in 2016 in order to provide ‘adequate’ police protection.
Petition to the PCC: Crime and Neighbourhood Safety in Rural Solihull - Friday, 6 October, 2017
At the request of local residents, I am today launching a petition to call on the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to take urgent action to restore police resources to the rural areas of Solihull Borough in order to put a stop to the recent crime wave we have experienced.
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