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A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

Before I went on holiday there was an increased presence of police in the town centre “to be more publicly visible and reassuring, due to a heightened security risk”. What I experienced was a huddle of four officers talking between themselves rather than the public. I consider that to be a waste of public resources. If we need to cut the size of the forces I don’t think we can afford to have patrols of two, or even more, police in the town. Do they not have the electronic ‘weaponry’ to call for assistance if needed? If they really feel so vulnerable as individuals, they could patrol within sight of each other but at greater distance, such as either side of the street. Such a strategy would increase their availability to the public, which I think was the object of the exercise. I shouldn’t have to interrupt four officers engaged in jolly banter to make my need for assistance apparent and, whilst one was answering my query, the other three should have been attending to the needs of others. If they had been paying attention to their surroundings, they should have seen that I was trying to attract their attention. It reflected poorly on their level of training and more so on the senior personnel who issued them with their instructions.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

Nice to armed police officers at the NEC , though I doubt the cruise show would be a target , but never say never .

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

PC Dylan Thomas (Missing persons officer) from Bloxwich Station, Walsall is an asset to the organisation! Hard working and motivated!

A member of the public wrote:

I would like to praise 20957 and 20456 and PC Proudman when they assisted me when I told them about some incidents at home, they called social services for me to get the ball rolling, These are 3 of the nicest officers, Keep it up

The Police say:

Thank you for your kind comments regarding some of our Force Response Officers. Your sentiments have been passed on to the officers named via their Supervisor and I am sure will be greatly received.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

After finding house burgled called 999. No one came until 12 hours had gone by. No resources was the reason given. Very disturbing from what was a positive organisation which now appears limited.

A member of the public wrote:

Received the impression that from the moment we walked into the police station that WE were wasting their time. We were trying to report a crime, and did not even get a crime number just a card to say 'it was logged'. Information was given to the 'police' as to where CCTV was in order to try and find the responsible partys but we were told that they wouldn't be checking it..... total waste of our time, and once again the innocent party suffers while the culprits carry on damaging lives and property, knowing that they can get away with it. They must love our so called 'law'.

The Police say:

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry you are disappointed with the service you received at the Police station. Without being in possession of the full facts it is difficult to establish if this is a matter which should have been crimed or not. If you are still unhappy with the service you received and are still wishing to report a crime then you can either re-attend the Police station and request to speak with a supervisor or write to the Professional Standards Department, the details of which can be found on the West Midlands Police website

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

Drug dealing in broad daylight Perry Hall playing fields car park Cherry Orchard Rd end. Police have never been interested. I no longer use this local facility as I don't feel safe. Quad bikes in broad daylight and at night being used across the grass. A few weeks ago I tried to report this as one passed very near to me. No one on the 101 line wanted to know.

A member of the public wrote:

an incident occurred 28/7/17 a drunk driver came off road hit a telegraph pole ploughed through a fence and hedge and got caught on a sign which it had demolished.police arrived 30 mins later had a laugh and joke with fire brigade while im standing in the pouring ring waiting for them so I came in,by this time driver had run off with his bottle of wine. I asked the officer if the car was stolen ,he replied no its insured so I asked if he was going to the person house to see them ,he said he would not be their put crime card in my hand and left. I looked at the card all that was on it was a number and date they could not even be bother to fill that in properly no box ticked no pc number or where they were from its no wonder people have lost faith in the police force its nothing like portrayed on traffic or interceptor. the apathy was unbelievable

The Police say:

I am sorry to hear of such a poor service following this incident. West Midlands Police expects their officers to deliver a high standard and professional service to all and such incidents are not condoned and will be looked into this matter. Any learning issues raised for either the individual officer or the organisation as a whole will be raised and dealt with accordingly and I thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.

A member of the public wrote:

I am so sorry for taking the time to contact you. You clearly don't have the time to view CCTV footage of no more than 7 minutes. God forbid you recognise the culprits and have to take up more of your time making arrests. Not sure what crimes take presidence ...not enough officers for domestic crime? Or child protection? Maybe it's traffic offences? No it seems non of the above. I will probably have more joy contacting the Samaritans ...well they both seem to listen not sure who would be more interested. Chocolate wristwatch comes to mind.

The Police say:

Mr Sidhu, I am sorry that you feel that your crime has not been dealt with appropriately. Having viewed the crime portal I can see the officers advice to you regarding the CCTV. Officers of West Midlands Police strive to deal with a high volume of incidents on a daily basis and part of that is crime prevention. To leave high value items in a vehicle is not advisable. I hope that there is a positive response from the identification process regarding the CCTV.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

I just want to say thank you for your assistance after we found my uncle had passed away at the weekend. The police in attendance dealt with my grandparents with such dignity and respect and kept them constantly updated of all goings on. In such a difficult time they, along with the paramedics offered so much support to my family and it was greatly appreciated.

A member of the public wrote:

Reported a crime on the 3rd July police didn't come out and cause I don't answer unknown numbers they closed the case and then 3rd Aug reported a crime and still waiting to see police how long do people have to wait we even went to police station thinking that would help but they didnt want to know either.

The Police say:

I am sorry that your call went unanswered. The system of call back has to be governed by restrictions, officers and staff making several attempts to contact a caller, leaving the appropriate reference numbers and call back details as messages. West Midlands Police are experiencing a high demand and every effort is made to accurately assess each incident to provide the necessary response and reviews of staffing levels and demand are constantly being monitored. Please accept our apologies.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

I just wanted to thank both PCSO's & my neighbours for alerting me when my house alarm was going off. I was away from my home & was able to alert someone to investigate. The PCSO kindly told me via a neighbour calling me that they had checked my premises & everything looked secure giving me that much needed reassurance. Thank you once again.

A member of the public wrote:

I left a comment here several weeks ago complaining about poor service and lack of any effort whatsoever. The comment hasn't been posted. You must pick and choose what gets posted. I left my details so I could be contacted but nothing. Not fit for purpose!!!!

The Police say:

I am sorry that your previous comment was not responded to, we are experiencing problems with this system and it has been reported. I can see that you were commenting on the attitude of officers and staff following a poor level of service. West Midlands Police are experiencing a high demand of services. The limited numbers of staff are trying their best to action all calls but some are 'slipping through the net' and we apologise wholeheartedly to those members of the public who have not received an acceptable response to their calls. Various measures are being put in place to try and prevent this from happening and the Force Contact Centre strives to accurately assess each call to provide the necessary response required. With regard to poor attitude, this is not acceptable and I have brought your case to the attention of the Managers of the relevant departments. Please accept my apology on behalf of West Midlands Police for the way this experience has left you feeling.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

This force is useless, contacted them several times but received no response to my request. Very unprofessional.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

Called 101 to report a non-stop RTC. Was advised by the call handler that I have to visit a police station in person to report this. Looked on WMP website and it says I can report either in person or via 101. Therefore had to call back and wait in long queue again.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

I was Arrested for a False Allegation of Racial Abuse and Threats ; The way you are kept in a Cell for so long is not acceptable; However, the Police Officers and Superintendent were sympathetic, polite and most of them were friendly and chatty.

A member of the public wrote:

TERRIBLE INVESTIGATION OF SERIOUS DOUBLE-ATTACK; PATRONISING; PREJUDICED; INCOMPETENT; LAZY; UNPROFESSIONAL

The Police say:

I am sorry that you feel that your case has not been dealt with appropriately. I am aware that it is being considered by the Legal Services Department and also been formally recorded as a complaint to be looked into. Both of these departments will contact you directly with their findings.

A member of the public wrote:

My son and 4 of his friends were mugged on 15.07.17 at Jubilee park by two other youths with knives. The police were called after 2 hours still no attendance. as yet still no contact and they got away with 5 phones!!!

The Police say:

I am sorry that you have had a poor service following such a harrowing event. It has been made public that West Midlands Police are currently encountering an unprecedented number of calls to the service. I hope that you have now received contact from officers and that your case is being investigated.

A member of the public wrote: (User did not request a response)

After attending Pelsall Carnival at the weekend and aware of some trouble that occurred there, I was shown later that evening some mobile phone video footage shot by people in the thick of the trouble that was posted on Facebook. I am sure that the intention was to produce negative footage of the Police in action, however, you can quite clearly see that the Police handled a potentially public order situation extremely well. Out numbered by the crowd, the officers split the trouble makers away and arrested the main culprits quickly and efficiently. On behalf of the people of Pelsall, I thank you for your swift and direct action and bringing a potentially explosive situation to a successful outcome.

A member of the public wrote:

two police officers attended to interview me a pc priest and pc harris as my complaint was of a very delicate nature they were amazing and made me feel at ease from the start

The Police say:

Thank you for your kind words, they have been passed onto the relevant officers via their Supervisors. It is good to hear about the positive work our officers are doing on a daily basis and I hope that your incident is now resolved.

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