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A member of the public wrote:

I am abbsoutley disgusted by west midalnds police and they way they have delt with a crime they was left to investigate. In my view they are a waste of time contacting if you have been a victim of an assult. And i certainly will not be using west midland police ever agian.

The Police say:

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback in respect of your recent interaction with West Midlands Police. We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with the service you were provided with and would welcome the opportunity to be able to have a closer look at exactly what happened and what in particular you are not happy with. As an organisation we are always striving to learn from mistakes made and improve the service we provide to the public. If you would like to provide us with further details we would gladly attempt to resolve your issues.

A member of the public wrote:

I would like to thank PC Wood 9255 who I believe is based at Handsworth Station for his excellent response and handling of a problem of bikers on the recreation ground next door to where I live today. He gave me a crime scene number by text but it hasn`t come through. Is there anyway you can contact this officer for me and ask him to contact me so he can give me the number? Also,please pass on my regards for a very professional job done today. Many thanks

The Police say:

Thank you for taking the time to express your thanks to PC Wood. Please accept our apologies your crime number didn't come through by text and we trust that you have now received it via email. Your comments have been forwarded to the officer and their supervisor. We trust that the matter you reported has now been resolved.

A member of the public wrote:

Rather than dialing 999 tonight to report a non important matter I attempted to contact the police on the 101 to save wasting important resources and time...It turn out they wasted mine instead!! It is a work related issue that has to be reported within 24 hours. I have rang 3 times in a 30min period and no one has answered my call. What is this country coming to when you cant even contact the police these days?? verdict...Shockingly poor!

The Police say:

Hi Richard, We are very sorry to hear that you were unable to contact us on the evening of 18th July and appreciate that you would find this poor. Can I inform you of the call demand that comes into 101 and specifically on the day you called we were offered 5084 calls, whilst I appreciate your call is important to you as it is to us but on occasions we may not get to answer all calls, we did however manage to answer all calls that day within an average of 61 seconds. We take pride in our service delivery and serving the public but unfortunately on occasions we might not get this right first time, we do appreciate feedback for learning and we are always working towards making improvements to our service where we can. Has your issue been resolved? If you still need to report an issue please can you submit your best contact details and I will ensure that a member of 101 contacts you to assist. Kind regards Lisa Ottley Contact Centre Manager

A member of the public wrote:

When I first phoned 101 to report a protracted Road-Rage incident which I had witnessed, I was told that I would have to visit my local police station in order to make a report and that they would not take the details over the phone. I was also told that in order for any action to be taken under the Road Traffic Offences act I would need to provide details of other independent witnesses to the event, otherwise it would be my word against the driver. After obtaining these details, I looked online for my nearest open police station, and since I could find no details I called 101 the second time. I was told that I would have to visit either Bournville Lane or West Bromwich police stations. I am not familiar with the location of either of these stations, and either one is over 5 miles from my address. I was told that there was no email or web-based form which I could use for the purpose of reporting this incident, neither would the 101 call-handler take any further details over the phone. I said that it appeared that West Midlands Police appeared to be deliberately obstructive in allowing me to report what I considered was a crime. I was eventually given this email address and told that I could send an email with the details. I was given no reference number however was told that the email could be linked to my calls to 101 by means of my mobile telephone number.

The Police say:

Good afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment on this website. We are sorry you feel you have been deliberately obstructed from reporting this matter. This is absolutely not the case. Dependent upon the exact nature of the incident you are reporting will dictate how you are required to report it. If you are wishing to report a crime, ie, you have been assaulted then you can phone 101 and make an appointment either for an officer to attend your home address or for you to attend a Police station. If however you are wanting to report a traffic matter (Road Traffic Collision) then you will need to attend your nearest Police Station and report this via a 'self-reporting form'. You will therefore have been given the correct information by the call handler if indeed it is a traffic matter you are trying to report. This website is a facility to leave a comment regarding the Police, be it positive or negative. It is not a means to report an incident, crime or otherwise. As such you will still be required to report this matter either via 101 or at your Police station. We are sorry for any confusion which may have been created during the phone calls you have had with different call handlers.

A member of the public wrote:

I would like to thank all the police officers and volunteers that were involved in the search for my brother Julian Kulpa who went missing on the 18th june 2016. The police were all very professional and extremely sensitive and caring. They kept us fully informed and when they eventually found him they showed us great compassion in this sad situation and were extremely helpful . Again we would like to say a thank you for all their help.

The Police say:

Andy, thank you for your comment. We are so sorry the search for Julian ended the way it did and can only imagine the upset and trauma you and your family are going through right now. We would expect nothing less from the officers who were involved in the search for your brother and the family liaison officers who will have liaised with you and your family. We are grateful you have taken the time to post on this website in light of everything else which must be taking up your time.

A member of the public wrote:

I had encountered my first police experience yesterday and I found it horrendous. Before my sister even spoke we sensed attitude from the lady we spoke to at the reception. She was extremely rude and when we spoke about our right to be spoken to with respect she continued to be rude. I was in complete shock I had never expected to be spoken to with this manner from someone representing the police? All we wanted to do is file our case and in al honestly I'm not to sure if I feel comfortable approaching the police again. The only time her attitude changed was when we asked for her name and badge number. I was very disappointed and would like this to be raised and looked into. It's really not fair on the public to have to experience this when we are stressed to begin with.

The Police say:

I’m really sorry to hear about the service you have received when you have attended Bournville Police station. It really concerns me that you have been made to feel like this by a member of West Midlands Police staff. If you are able to make contact with us via contactus@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk with your contact details so that I can speak to you and look into this further. Public Contact Office Manager

A member of the public wrote:

My 20 year old son (a sensible, law abiding citizen, has no criminal record & happens to be studying law at university)was stopped whilst driving by a motorcyclist police officer for apparently driving without insurance. When asked why he was stopped, the officer stated that plate recognition cameras had confirmed vehicle being driven was not insured. My son in response stated that he was surprised and shocked at this allegation and proceeded to show the officer current and a valid insurance policy via his smartphone in the form of a E-mail from the insurance company. He also proceeded to show the officer an online banking statement to confirm monthly premiums being paid (one of those premiums were actually deducted on the day in question) from his bank account. It was discovered by the officer after having a look at my sons online insurance policy that one alphabetical letter from his cars registration number was incorrectly printed on his policy documents. This resulted in the officer phoning the Motor Insurance Database, who confirmed no current or valid insurance on the vehicle. Despite overwhelming evidence from my son confirming valid insurance the officer proceeded to issue some form of filled in document to my son stating the vehicle will be seized with immediate effect and held in a police compound. My son was then informed that only upon producing evidence of a new and updated certificate of insurance at the police station, his vehicle would be available for release. Furthermore, to add insult to injury, my son had to pay £150 to have his car released from the compound. All of this unnecessary course of action could have been avoided if the officer had spoken with insurance company. CONCLUSION: STOP HARASSING & PICKING ON THE INNOCENT LAW ABIDERS TO ACHIEVE YOUR TARGETS & PUT YOUR TIME, EFFORT & RESOURCES IN CATCHING THE REAL CRIMINALS!!!

The Police say:

Thank you for your comments and we are sorry you feel your son was harassed and picked on. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that he was not specifically targeted. In relation to the insurance, officers take their information from a combination of the Police National Computer and ultimately the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The MIB indicated your son did not hold a valid insurance certificate and therefore the vehicle was lawfully seized and the officer had acted in good faith with the information provided to him. If the information held by the insurance company regarding your sons vehicle was incorrect, this is a matter for the insurance company to sort out and to ensure that your son is fully insured. Had he have been involved in an accident he may have found himself with a large bill to pay as the insurance would not have been valid. To clarify, the officers do not work to targets. They work towards preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need.

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

PC 2300 Lawton & PC 7248 Welch. Arrived at my home within minutes & were totally wonderful. I was very upset, they were very patient with me & in such a short space of time made me feel so much better & offered their services over and above their call of duty. They offered to help make secure my car & helped to clear up glass & basicaly asked me if they could help in any way what so ever. Thank you both so much I really appreciated your help & assistance

A member of the public wrote:

It's gud to see the police are taking drug dealing seriously, loads of raids on my road lately

The Police say:

Thank you for your positive comments with regard to the ongoing fight against drug crimes. I have passed on your perception to the local neighbourhood officers as it is always good to hear such positive feedback with public perception being an important part of modern day policing.

A member of the public wrote:

My daughter today had to witness her cat being savaged in the street by a out of control dog in the Handsworth Area. The cat died of his injuries in my daughter's arms on the way to the vets, which was obvously very distressing for her. A neighour who witnessed the dog attack and tried to help, called the police to report the incident. I am afraid that that intial response according to the neighbours left a lot to be desired. However I made another phone call on 101 and both myself and my daughter spoke to a very courteous and undertanding call handler, who assured us that the duty inspector would look into this. Within 30 minutes the police were at my daughter's house, having once, already been around to the address where the dog was being kept. The officers listened to everything that was being said and they apologised for the manner in which they had handled the compaint when it first came in. However as they said, and I do understand, the intial complaint from the neighour did not detail the severity of the injuries and it was intially logged as a dog has bitten a cat. Within 3 hours of my phone call to the police, they had spoken to the dog owner, the carer of that dog for the weekend and the dog handler had been out. Dog assessed, owner advised and my daughter reassured and once again apologised to for the first response. I did not take note of the officers collar numbers I am afraid. However the officers would have been on response on the afternoon of 10/7/16 for the Handsworth area. They handled the whole thing with professionalism and in a appropriate and sympathetic manner, taking into account my daughter's distress. I hope this is noted by their relevant supervision. A credit to the force. Also thanks to the call handler who dealt with the call in an effcient manner and reassured both myself and my daughter. Thank you.

The Police say:

Thank you for you positive feed back following a harrowing event, I do hope that your daughter is recovering after such an ordeal. Your kind comments have been forwarded to the attending officers after being identified via the incident log.

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

I just want to thank the group of police officers who on their break at Macdonald's tonight abt 6pm took their time to speak to my little boy, who was insisting he wanted to talk to them and tell them about Ghostbusters, hes 4 and they all took their time to chat with him and I really do appreciate it so if he is in trouble he will know to go to them. Top marks

A member of the public wrote:

This comment is on behalf of my dad, west midlands police havent been any help to him today ( 5/7/16 ) as his car has been written off during the early hours, all he was told by police was to inform his car insurance, i thought the police were there to solve crime but obviously not.

The Police say:

We are sorry to hear that you and your Father are unhappy with the service you have been provided by West Midlands Police. Without further information it is difficult to judge if your Father has been provided with the correct advice. If you feel incorrect advice has been given we would encourage either he or you on his behalf attends your local Police station and request to speak with a supervisor to clarify the situation. Equally, if you would like to furnish this website with more information to assist with locating the incident we would be happy to try to help you

A member of the public wrote:

would like to say thanks to pc 3594 ashman and pc 20682 cooper for your help with the anti social that i've had in dingle close still have a problem with it but just wanted to say thank you for the support who would i need to speak to about the latest bits that have happened thanks again .

The Police say:

Good morning, thank you for your kind words regarding PC's Ashman and Cooper. It's great to hear that they have contributed some way towards resolving some of the ASB issues you have been having. Your post has been forwarded to the officers and their supervisors for their information. You can talk to your local neighbourhood team for further assistance/advice regarding this matter. To find out who your team are please visit the West Midlands Police website: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/ click on the 'Your local Police' tab at the top of the page and insert your postcode in to the box. You will then be able to see who your neighbourhood team are along with their contact details.

A member of the public wrote:

PC 21562 Minshall has dealt with our case in a sensitive and professional manner keeping us upto date and informed with the ongoing court case. The investigation was completed quickly and to a very high standard. I'm very pleased with the police work conducted.

The Police say:

Thank you for your kind comments. I have forwarded them to the officer via his Supervisor. Public perception is a very important part of modern day policing and it is good to hear positive feedback of some of the professional conduct displayed daily by our officers.

A member of the public wrote:

Im very disappointed with west midlands police. We all need to stand up to thugs and bullies from any background or religion... I don't see that happening lately.

The Police say:

Thank you for your comments, without further details of your dissatisfaction I am unable to comment further and you have not provided any contactdetails to enable me to calll you directly. Could you make contact please.

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

Why advertise emailing police when noone checks and responds. Not so good when you're verbally impaired and can't phone as a non emergency

A member of the public wrote:

I am so tired of walking through Birmingham City Centre and seeing people openly smoking cannabis. Whatever your opinion on the rights and wrongs of it, the fact is that this is against the law, and when people obviously feel they can openly smoke an illegal substance in broad daylight it suggests a very lax approach from the police, who do not seem interested in enforcing the law. I feel this creates a perception of lawlessness which makes me feel less safe - if this crime is tolerated, then crime in general is tolerated. It creates an atmosphere of disrespect for the law when people feel they can openly break the law and the police aren't interested in enforcing it. I have called 101 a few times and whilst the staff are always polite and sound like they're taking me seriously, I never see the police respond and the impression I get is that cannabis use is tolerated in Birmingham by officers on the ground and West Midlands Police as an organisation as a whole. I hope I am wrong - if I am I'd love to see you prove it and send officers to actually arrest people who are openly breaking the law to show the public that law-breaking is taken seriously and will be dealt with.

The Police say:

Dear Sir/Madam I am sorry to hear of your experiences around cannabis use in the city centre. As I am sure you can imagine the city is a busy and diverse area with numerous and sometimes competing priorities for the police. I can reassure you we do target the issue of drugs use and new psychoactive substances, recently made illegal. My team have made numerous arrests and even located and dismantled a cannabis cultivation set up within a city centre building. It has a clear link with organised crime. I frequently deploy officers in plain clothes and my officers target the suppliers. This morning I have signed up papers for another warrant to target the dealers. What is sometimes more challenging is the individual user. To justify an immediate response to someone smoking cannabis means sending an officer into a busy pedestrianised area at higher speed and therefore heightened risk to themselves and other road users. This must be balanced against the threat and risk the incident presents. I appreciate this can be frustrating when you take the time to report and care about the city centre environment. I would encourage you to continue to report concerns and if you are able to identify repeat locations and/or individuals then I will ensure we target with preventative and enforcement patrols. Officers are regularly on foot and cycle patrol in the city. Sometimes we also use the cities cctv to follow someone to a destination in order to stop and engage. Kind regards Gareth Gareth Morris Inspector 7005 Birmingham City Centre Team Digbeth Police Station BIRMINGHAM WEST & CENTRAL LPU Follow me on TWITTER @InspGMorris

A member of the public wrote:

Hello, Its taken me a year to get the courage to say a very big thank you to all the officers who helped me in my hour of need. Even before leading up to the event in New St. My husband then, hurt me Emotionally, Mentally and Physically. I thought i became a prostitute. I was made to feel like one. So in the end i just wanted to die. I was drunk didnt really know what i was doing. Its odd to be in that position. I knew i wanted to die. But I wanted him to see me die. I wanted him to see the pain he caused me. I dont know even now who the officers where. The officer who talked me down; I would dearly like to say thank you. Ive gone back and faced it all. Had to. I apologised the the business that i was jumping from. Its the Cotswold Outdoor. Piccadilly Arcade. New st. Birmingham. I was admitted into hospital for 10 weeks. Its taken a year to get to this. Im very greatful for all the magnificent work you all do. If it wasnt for all the officers during that very sad time i wouldnt be here. Thank You x

The Police say:

Having identified the incidnet from 29 May 2015 I have forwaredd your very kind comments to the appropriate officers who attended on that day. Thank you for your comments and I hope that you continue on your road to recovery.

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

We would just like to pass on our thanks to the officers who attended our home tonight and also the operator who dealt with an incident a few nights ago. What turned out to be an innocent incident tonight could easily have been something more but Solihull police officers attended within minutes, resolved a situation and were brilliant and professional.

A member of the public wrote:

Never found good at justice as a victim, but finally make us feel it is a great mistake calling police that you did trust their system and we had solve your problem our own where we are better than them. Some1 assaulted you assault him back Damage your property, damage him in return Just sort it out your own but never expect police are only for good-looking dresses and wages

The Police say:

Thankyou for your comments, unfortunately as the location is Eastbourne I am unable to comment further and would advise you to make contact with Sussex Constabulary who may require a little more information than you have provided to enable them to identify the incident that you are making reference to.

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