Street Watch clocks up 1400 patrols
Do you want to help make a difference in your community? Do you have a few hours to spare each week to help make your neighbourhood feel safer?
If you have answered yes to the above then we are looking for people like you!
Street Watch West Midlands started in earnest at the beginning of this year and has already grown to 350 members supported by 150 neighbourhood police officers, police staff and community support officers.
There are 35 separate Street Watch groups operating across the whole of the West Midlands, with volunteers clocking up around 1400 patrols helping to make our communities a safer place to live, work and visit.
The first Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held last week and ACC Sarah Boycott told attendees that she is really proud of the work our volunteers are doing and is convinced Street Watch members working in partnership with local neighbourhood policing teams is making a real difference.
Inspector Iftekhar Ahmed, force co-ordinator for Street Watch, said: “We see daily examples of local people making a significant contribution locally.
“Just last week Handsworth Street Watch identified a woman, who was responsible for vehicle crime, from social media footage. The 26-year-old was arrested and later released under investigation.
“Not only has the Street Watch team helped us detect an offender they may have prevented other offences from taking place.”
Street Watch is a community-led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers.
Groups are managed by a volunteer co-ordinator who keeps a volunteer list and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police.
Volunteers patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a website. The neighbourhood policing team can look at the website before the patrols take place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity they should report it to the police but not get involved.
Members of Street Watch must be 18 years or older.
If you would like to register your interest to participate in Street Watch please email Streetwatch@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk