West Midlands Police
Her Majesty’s Inspector for this force is Dru Sharpling. Contact her via the Western regional office.
Read about the force area…
- The West Midlands is a predominantly urban area, with some semi-urban and rural communities outside the conurbations.
- In some parts, it has the higher-than-average crime rates associated with densely populated urban areas, including robbery and violence.
- The force also tackles violent organised criminal gangs and gun crime. Birmingham Crown Court conducts many major criminal trials.
- The population of the West Midlands is very diverse. Almost 40% of Birmingham’s population are from minority ethnic communities and nearly 100 languages are spoken in the region.
- The area has an international airport, major transport hubs and a substantial road network.
- Birmingham is a leading commercial centre, hosting high-profile conferences and events. It polices matches at six major football clubs.
- In recent years, the force has taken the leading role in the region in counter-terrorism (CT) work and the newly established CT network.
- It is experienced in managing major events and is hosting training camps for the USA and Jamaican track and field teams prior to the 2012 Olympics.
Recent reports on this force
- Revisiting police relationships – progress report
- Preparing for police and crime commissioners
- Policing in austerity – One year on
- Anti-social behaviour inspection – 2012
Up-to-date crime, anti-social behaviour, cost and workforce data for this force can be found in our interactive Crime and Policing Comparator – see how West Midlands is performing, and how it compares with the rest of England and Wales.
The 2011 value for money profiles provide benchmarking information on:
- What West Midlands is spending its budgets on;
- Staffing levels by grade and function; and
- Outputs and outcomes in a comparable format.
These profiles are based on data provided by the police.