CONSTITUENTS often bring their concerns about local policing to my surgery and I raise them with Carl Foulkes as local Superintendent, but I am pleased to say that recently I have received some strong commendations for the way some of our police officers have brought a personal tack to the way they make our streets safer.
One lady police officer in Castle Bromwich seems to have become a household name for all the right reasons, which shows continuity in her approach and a policeman in Balsall Common in has literally got back on his bike and helped local people see more active policing.
The superintendent has the job of monitoring police satisfaction levels and gave a presentation of these to your elected representatives which I attended last week. One interesting point I noted is that when we encourage people to report crimes, it affects the statistics; so for example since laws were passed on incitement to hatred we see more hate crime reported. So I learnt that we must reads the statistics with care.
Any complaints made are all recorded of course but it is interesting to note the seasonal variations where good weather for example correlations with increased robberies in our parks. Not that this would make me wish for rain! Another lesson to learn is that I just need to be more watchful about my handbag on a hot summer’s day.
What would help our local Police would be a reliance on the Neighbourhood Watch scene. Some of a local co-ordinators have been serving the community in this way for 24 years since the launch of the scheme. So if you want to help make the place we live safer why not volunteer yourself in this way? You could do this by calling Celia Davies, Community Partnerships Officer, on 0121-704-8577, or 0845 113 5000, extension number 7601 6523.