PATROLLING the streets of Solihull borough on foot is a duty local police still take extremely seriously.
Although the force are taking more of an active role in social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as a way of engaging with local people, Solihull Police Commander Sally Bourner tells us there is still nothing quite like face-to-face interaction between the public and their local ‘bobby.’
The Solihull News was invited to pound the beat in Shirley with Chief Superintendent Bourner last Friday to get more of an insight into local policing, and what issues officers are currently tackling.
“Patrolling the streets, stopping to have a chat to people and simply passing the time of day is just a great way of making our presence known but it also it shows people we are human beings,” she told us.
One of the key areas Solihull Police are currently tackling is anti-social behaviour.
Chief Superintendent Bourner added: “This is something that has been brought to our attention from areas across the borough and we are very keen to build on people’s trust and confidence.
“The main problem is people’s fear of anti-social behaviour and we have been doing a lot of work to minimise this.
“What we are keen not to do is demonise young people.”
Crime is continuing to plummet across the borough, according to police figures, despite a reduction in the number of officers on the streets.
“Policing has gone through some radical changes recently and this will obviously unsettle people but we are proud tosay that crime is continuingto fall,” the commander added.
“We have not become complacent, however, and we will keep working to keep crime levels low.”