PCCs 'expensive and unnecessary' - Bob Jones
By CarlyBaldwin | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 14:56
The man elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands has branded his new role, and last week's farcical elections, 'expensive and unnecessary'.
Bob Jones has blasted the controversial PCC elections
Bob Jones wrote in an open letter to the media: "I would like to express my thanks to those members of the community who were kind enough to give me their support.
"I realise that many people did not support me as a Labour candidate or support the election at all, and I sympathise with that position as I believe police and crime commissioners are an expensive and unnecessary change, poorly implemented and appalling publicised."
Mr Jones, who takes up office on Thursday, went on to say that the low turnout reflects 'public concern' over the new positions, and that he will approach his 'responsibilities with humillity'.
He also promised to ensure that the voice of the people of the West Midlands is heard 'clearly and distinctly, locally, regionally and at the national level'.
With this in mind, Mr Jones has put in place a number of ways in which the public can contact him directly. His website, which will be active from Thursday, is at www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk, his twitter handle is @WestMidsPCC and his department's direct phone number is 0121 626 6060.