SOLIHULL police are introducing a series of changes to neighbourhood policing in the borough that promise a raft of benefits for local people.
Each neighbourhood is served by a dedicated local policing team. In the past these teams could have had officers taken from them to help out with other duties such as assisting colleagues with football matches. This will now not be the case and they will be able to entirely focus on the neighbourhood they serve.
Working with local people, the teams can look at how to solve long term problems by using other agencies such as the council to be part of the solution. Being close to their neighbourhoods they will be able to feedback action and keep people informed.
The neighbourhood teams will continue to work out of the Solihull, Chelmsley Wood, Shirley, Winchcombe Road and Balsall Common stations.
A new community action team will also work in support of the units and will service scheduled appointments with members of the public to address their concerns.
Sergeant Mark Cowl from the Chelmsley Wood neighbourhood policing team said: “This is just what the people of Solihull have been calling for – they want us to listen to their issues and take action, but they also want to be able to do that at a time and place convenient to them.
“We are dedicated to providing excellent service and knowing we can now really focus on the long-term problems without fear of distraction from football matches or major force operations is welcome news.
“These changes are not about big sweeping moves but rather a fine tuning of how we deliver our service to make it better. We have all been part of forming this structure based on what we know works for us and the people of Solihull.”
Working with Solihull Police throughout these changes are the Independent Advisory Group (IAG), a group of local people who represent various communities across Solihull. They provide a critical friend perspective regarding strategic issues that affect policing in Solihull.
Kieran Dooley, member of the Independent Advisory Group said: “I think over the last couple of years the partnership is working very well here in the north. The Police have come into the 21st century and they are paying more attention to what the public are saying, it is nice to see how the North has been eager to move forward with the Police and there is a lot of corporation on both sides.
“In Fordbridge the Police hold every month a priority meeting and it is well attended. I would like to see a lot more trust in the Police I hope this will come in time also the Police should blow their own trumpet and tell people the good things that they do it might give people the feel good factor.”