The PCC's plan is a very mixed bag, on my first reading it is hard to see any divergence from what WMP planned - minus business partnering of course.
I am wary of these objectives (pg.14):
progressing initiatives to ensure the workforce of West Midlands Police is representative, at all levels of the organisation, of the communities served based on the principle that this approach delivers better policing delivery and outcomes.
What evidence is there 'this approach delivers better policing...'? For many years WMPA was unable to attract young people and it was obvious to a visitor that most staff were middle-aged. How many Poles and Somalis do they employ? In the last month WMP has promoted a group of new inspectors, not one BME shown on the group photo; amidst those promoted to sergeant one BME out of sixty - according to observers.
Then there is this:
developing a menu of options allowing individuals more flexibility around their working hours and patterns and locations, linked to organisational requirements and development of the Force technology and estates strategies.
Who is he kidding! This is a principle that will enable managers to move staff without compensation and nothing to do with 'allowing individuals'.
He has set himself quite a challenge here:
implementing reductions in the number of supervisory ranks and police staff managerial levels
Does WMP now need four Asst. Ch. Constables? Has WMP reduced the number of senior posts already? A current civil legal action over A19, by the Supts. Assoc. has found nationally virtually every vacancy was filled.
It is annoying that the Draft Plan uses 'X' too often.
Missing from the plan is any acknowledgement that with less resources, however efficiently used, something will not be done - either partially or fully. That is already very clear over fraud being reported and recorded for intelligence purposes nationally. Acquisitive or property crime is normally difficult to detect, it can only be prevented with extensive cooperation.
Perhaps the PCC views staff morale as within the 'operational independence' of the Chief Constable, but with reductions in staff levels and an array of changes in pay & conditions. If you read the Deputy Chief Constable's blog you'd think "All is well".