Please ask for : Jonathan Jardine

Telephone Number: 0121 626 5599
Our reference: T&C040810
29 July 2010

Dear Sir or Madam

Invitation to a West Midlands Police Authority meeting on Trust and Confidence in Policing
I am writing to invite you to a public meeting at:

The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Camp Hill, B11 4LJ,

on Wednesday 4 August 2010, from 7pm to 9pm.

Effective policing is dependent on communities having trust and confidence in the police.  The Authority, knowing the concerns which have arisen in some parts of the West Midlands from the proposed use of CCTV and ANPR cameras in connection with Project Champion, wants to listen to members of the public.  The Authority wants to know how trust and confidence can be restored where this has been adversely affected.

Project Champion is the subject of intense scrutiny.  There is a review by Chief Constable Sara Thornton of Thames Valley Police, another review by the City Council’s Local Services and Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee chaired by Councillor James Hutchings and there will also be an extensive consultation on the future of Project Champion.  The Authority supports all this work, but the Authority also has its own role in listening to the public.  This meeting is not about whether or not the Project Champion cameras should be switched on.  This meeting is about understanding how trust and confidence has been adversely affected, and how it can be rebuilt by communities and the police working together.

I hope you will be able to attend – I want to hear from as many people as possible.  Please pass on this invitation to your family and friends, and anyone you feel would be interested in coming.  If you want more information, please contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Derek Webley

Chair, West Midlands Police Authority




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