Knife Crime: West Midlands

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:19 am on 14 March 2023.

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Photo of Marco Longhi Marco Longhi Conservative, Dudley North 11:19, 14 March 2023

The Minister rightly emphasises that we are putting so much more resource into policing and recruiting so many more police officers to do the job that the people of this country deserve and need, but it is also true that police need the infrastructure—a place that they can call their own base. To be a little parochial—I hope that the Minister will forgive me—my predecessor announced that there would be a brand-new police station in Dudley in 2019, and the then police and crime commissioner said that it would be implemented. In 2023, we still do not have one. Where can these new police officers operate from when the previous police and crime commissioner closed all police stations, including the main police station in Dudley?