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Tackling crime with the community

A team of volunteers and neighbourhood officers patrolled the streets of Small Heath last night (21 February) as part of the Street Watch scheme.

Four street watch volunteers from the Mosque at Green Lane pounded the streets of Small Heath with the local neighbourhood team for three hours and were later joined by Birmingham City Council mobile patrol officers.

The scheme was launched in Small Heath just over a month ago and has been welcomed by the local community.

Streetwatch, Small HeathAnd last night’s patrol was to help reassure the local community who have been shocked by the tragic murder of a teenager who was stabbed in Small Heath on Wednesday (20 February).

Inspector Lee Wiggan, the neighbourhood policing manager for Small Heath, said: “People from the mosque really know the local community and wanted to join the nationally recognised Street Watch Scheme as a way supporting and reassuring the people that live in that area.

“They patrolled the  streets on foot with us last night and lots of the community came to talk to us and told us of their concerns around anti-social behaviour and other issues.

“They said it was really good to see officers and community minded people and were really supportive.”

There are plans to patrol with Street Watch again tonight and over the weekend.

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.

If you would like to register your interest to participate in Street Watch please email Streetwatch@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively to find out more and register your interest please visit our volunteers site https://west-midlands.police.uk/get-involved

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