Spotlights shines on Neighbourhood Police teams - The Solihull Observer

Spotlights shines on Neighbourhood Police teams

Solihull Editorial 25th Jan, 2023   0

A WEEK in the life of neighbourhood police teams are being highlighted this week.

West Midlands Police is shining a spotlight on the teams, which include officers, PCSOs, partners and volunteers, until January 29.

Throughout the week teams have been posting on social media to show what they get up to from speaking at school assemblies to arresting outstanding offenders.

The teams focus on intervention, prevention and problem solving.

They are at the very heart of the communities they serve and are in regular contact with the public to find out what issues concern them and how they can work to resolve them.

They often work with partners including the local council, housing providers and charities to look at the underlying causes to develop long term solutions.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, has praised the work of neighbourhood policing teams and described them as ‘vital’ to safety and security.

He added: “Neighbourhood policing teams are at the heart of their communities, working with local people to prevent and tackle problems and solving the issues which matter most to them.

“We need preventative, proactive, problem solving and visible community policing, out on the streets to keep people, their families and local communities safe and secure.

“By working with key local community leaders and businesses, neighbourhood officers develop a deep understanding of the issues that can affect people’s day to day lives, so that they can effectively prevent and tackle crime.

“That is why I have pledged to increase their number by 450, by May 2024.”


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