West Midlands police: terrorism duties left no bobbies on beat

By Caroline Wheeler, The Times

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West Midlands police suspended neighbourhood policing for a month last year as the force struggled to cope with the heightened risk from terrorism, according to its police and crime commissioner.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, David Jamieson said there was no slack left in the system to enable officers to carry out neighbourhood policing duties after last year’s terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

“Over the course of the year there was about a month in the West Midlands where we ceased doing any effective neighbourhood policing,” Jamieson said.

He added that about 60% of all anti-terrorism work is done by neighbourhood police, even though a report by the Henry Jackson Society think tank last year warned that Birmingham had become a terrorist hotspot.

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