Nationally, the police service is undergoing a period of unprecedented change.
At a national and local level, the service has seen its officers, staff, relationships and practices subject to intense scrutiny in the public domain.
Against this backdrop of change the force has continued to get on with the business of day to day policing.
Crime levels are now lower than at any time since 2002, when comparable crime recording began.
Last year (April 2011 to March 2012) total recorded crime dropped by 10 per cent to its lowest level in recent history, with more than 21,000 fewer victims compared to the previous 12 months.
At the same time, confidence in West Midlands Police remains high, with 85 per cent saying they believe we are doing a good job.
The force is currently in the second year of The Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), where it needs to reduce the budget by £126m over four years. To date savings of £78 million have been made, which has involved a major “root and branch” review of almost every department, unit and section.
This document gives an insight into the day to day working of West Midlands Police, looks at how we spend our finances, gives an overview of our ‘behind the badge’ support functions but also sets out how we are preparing for the future so that we can continue to achieve our mission of serving our communities, protecting them from harm.