Dear Police and Crime Commissioner,
Like many Birmingham residents, we were immensely shocked and alarmed to read the news on 10th October 2020 about the theft of alleged sensitive material contained in a notebook from an unmarked WMP police vehicle on 29th May 2020.
Concerns have been expressed by members of the community that this sensitive material could be a contributory factor in an upsurge in violence over the summer months and placed people at risk.
During the past four months that this material has been unaccounted for, regrettably there have been many serious incidents and gang-related attacks that have occured.
Such violence you have attributed to tensions caused by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown, a view which was rightly met with disbelief.
Now we learn that during this period highly sensitive material from WMP has been lost and entered the public domain.
This matter leaves a number of unanswered questions, which must be addressed openly and honestly if the public are to be provided with the necessary reassurance in view of their concerns about rising incidents including alleged and perceived vendetta attacks and stabbings.
So there are a number of questions on the forefront of our minds, including: when did you first know about the theft of this sensitive material? What have you been doing, since May, to ensure WMP have been investigating this breach thoroughly?
I’m sure we do not need to remind you that it is the statutory duty of the PCC to hold the force to account, and the public will want to know that this breach and failure is being thoroughly looked into by you; and that counter measures are being looked at to ensure it does not happen again.
So - will you now outline when you first learnt of this matter and what you have been doing since to hold the force to account?
We look forward to your response as to the action you are taking in relation to this very serious matter.
Jay Singh-Sohal & Cllr Robert Alden