SOLIHULL-based chairman of the West Midlands Police Authority Coun Diana Holl-Allen has been elected on to a national body which helps influence policies on policing in Britain.
Coun Diana Holl-Allen (Cons, Knowle), was voted in as deputy chair for the Association of Police Authorities (APA).
"It's a wonderful honour and it was quite unexpected. It is the first time the West Midlands have had members in the top two positions and I'm also the first Conservative deputy chairman," she said.
Wolverhampton's Coun Bob Jones (lab, Blakenhall) was re-elected as APA chairman, which Coun Holl-Allen said was "good news" for the West Midlands. "It gives us greater opportunities to have an influence on policing policy at a high level."
The APA is the national voice of regional police authorities and part of their role is to help develop guidelines on the future of policing.
Coun Holl-Allen said she was determined to do her utmost to serve local police authorities nationally.
She said: "Our role is to under-stand, criticise and working closely with the home office, to interpret policies. For example we are starting to scrutinise the new green paper that came out last week on policing."
Latest statistics revealed crime is falling in the West Midlands which Coun Holl-Allen, pictured right, said "was something we have been working on".