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Strength to strength for Streetwatch scheme

A West Midlands Police Streetwatch scheme that encourages members of the public to get involved in having their say in their neighbourhood has grown significantly.

The initiative was set up in January 2018 with residents of local areas coming together and finding ways to tackle problems and make their community a safer place to live.

Those signed up to the programme are given training by police officers, invited to go out on patrol and speak to other members of the public.

The scheme has now recruited just over 1,000 adult members and officers are keen to double this number in the near future.

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The latest cohort of Streetwatch members

Volunteers have clocked up an impressive 12,000 hours of their voluntary time since 2018 across 90 schemes which are operating across the West Midlands Police force area.

Insp Ifty Ahmed, the force’s Streetwatch co-ordinator, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the interest in Streetwatch across the whole of the West Midlands area.

“Our ambition now is to increase the number to 2,000 by the end of the year. I think it’s achievable.

“In the last few months, we have clocked up nearly 4,000 Streetwatch patrols and we are now being approached by other police forces across the country who want to replicate our success.”

If you would like to find out more information or volunteer a minimum of two hours per month to improve your local area then please email streetwatch@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or follow the dedicated Twitter page @StreetwatchWM.

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