Street Watch celebrate 17,000 hours on the beat
We’ve recently celebrated the success of our fabulous Street Watch volunteers who’ve clocked up over 17,000 hours on patrol, helping to keep our streets safer.
More than 250 members joined our Chief Constable, Dave Thompson and ACC Vanessa Jardine earlier this month at Tally Ho! to celebrate the achievements of Street Watch in the West Midlands over the last two years.
The achievements so far are impressive, we’re officially the largest Street Watch network in the country with:
• 182 groups across the West Midlands Police region
• 1450 members
• Support from 385 officers
• 8,677 patrols in two years
• 17,354 hours of patrols
• Which equates to 12 individual patrols a day
We were also able to individually recognise the achievements of 10 Street Watch members who have gone above and beyond expectations and demonstrated fantastic leadership.
Marie Lane, from Oxley Street Watch in Wolverhampton was presented with an award in recognition of her tireless work to improve her neighbourhood, including helping us shut down a cannabis factory.
Determined to making lives better through her wide-reaching community and voluntary work, Marie and her team patrol their estate for at least 30 minutes a week and provide a real visual presence for people to approach them with concerns and act as ‘eyes and ears’ to report any suspicious activity to officers.
Chief Inspector Iftekhar Ahmed, our Street Watch lead, said: “ It was a great night and we are really proud of Street Watch West Midlands and what we have achieved.
“Together we are leading the way nationally in delivering this local initiative which is for the community, by the community, and supported by us at WMP.
“We work closely with our Street Watch members who all have a designated point of contact and carry out joint patrols on a regular basis.
“Working together with our communities helps us improve lives, I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support and commitment."
ACC Vanessa Jardine commented on Twitter about the best comment of the night from a Street Watch member saying, “It’s our job to help the police to help us" and “making a difference feels good".
Street Watch is a community-led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers.
Training is provided and groups are managed by volunteer co-ordinator who provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with local officers.