STATE-of-the-art new radios have been supplied to Solihull Police.
The Business Improvement District (BID) for Solihull – which works alongside the police on the Retail Radio scheme to help keep shoppers and premises safe – sercured funding for the new radios from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizens Fund.
Businesses across the town centre are linked in with the Police, the BID Street Wardens, Solihull Council’s enforcement officers, the Touchwood and Mell Square security staff and CCTV operators via the retail radio system.
Angus Mcpherson of Solihull Police said: “Retail radio has been successful for a number of years in many different parts of the West Midlands thanks to the determination of everyone involved to make town centres a safer place.
“Solihull Police in partnership with Solihull BID have a new retail radio system that will allow us to work more closely in a joint approach to continue making Solihull town centre a safe place for visitors and shoppers.”
The BID said new funding streams would be explored to further support the local community.
Melanie Palmer, Chief Executive of Solihull BID, added: “We are extremely proud of our strong working partnership with our local police and council enforcement team.
“Our combined message of zero tolerance to crime and anti-social behaviour makes us the clear choice of where to shop, work and invest.”