My name is Richard Stanley and I am an investigation officer working out of Bloxwich Police Station. I have been with West Midlands Police since January 2010 and started work on a neighborhood team in Bloxwich before joining a response shift in September 2010 and then moving to my current role on an investigation team in January 2013.
I work alongside other officers covering the whole of the Walsall Policing Unit (LPU), it being my role to investigate offences, interview prisoners and attend pre-booked appointments with members of the public.
The Walsall LPU stretches from Brownhills across to Pheasey, up to Moxley and over to Willenhall representing a large, diverse area containing many different challenges and demands for the emergency services to deal with.
Over 170,000 people live in Walsall itself with more than quarter of a million living within the boundaries of the Walsall LPU. Walsall is served by four main stations – Walsall, Bloxwich, Aldridge and Willenhall – with five response shifts providing round the clock cover and working alongside Neighbourhood, Investigation, Community Action & Priority Teams and other specialist policing units.
You can find out more about the structure of West Midlands Police on our Wikipedia page, alongside information on the different crime units such as the dog section, traffic and firearms.
I am interested in the use of social media by the police and am one of the many officers in West Midlands Police embracing the medium to help build better bonds with the public. I have maintained a regularly updated Twitter feed since October 2010 (@pcstanleywmp) and this blog since the following March.
I enjoy interacting with the public across both mediums and am always keen to respond to feedback and answer any questions you may have. If I am not able to answer them personally, I will endeavour to put you in touch with someone better suited than myself to help.
This blog is updated in my own time and I am always keen to consider suggestions for new blog topics. The principle aim of the blog is to try and help explain matters of criminal law and police procedure to those not versed in policing. I use this blog to offer advice and to try explain developing news stories from a policing prospective.
Whilst you are more than welcome to contact me on either this blog or via Twitter, there are several other ways you can contact West Midlands Police.
Our website, www.west-midlands.police.uk, contains a wealth of information about policing in your area including crime prevention advice. You can phone us directly on 101 for non-urgent matters, although 999 can always be used in an emergency.
In addition, you can use the www.police.uk website to find contact details for your local beat team and can speak to Crimestoppers, either by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting their website, to provide information about crime anonymously.