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Olton residents to help police on their local streets.

OFFICERS are inviting Olton residents to help them police their local streets.

OFFICERS are inviting Olton residents to help them police their local streets.

‘Street Watch’ allows people who want to take a more active role in making their communities safer to join Olton policing team on their neighbourhood patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour.

PCSO Riccardo Gambino said: “The community spirit already shown by Olton residents is great, and it continues to flourish. A local neighbourhood watch scheme started with a humble 11 volunteers; it is now over 500 members strong.

“Recently it seemed that the whole community came together for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It is this kind of spirit that we are looking to tap into to and make Olton even safer.”

While Street Watch members have no specific police powers, they will be able to work with officers to tackle the issues that matter most to the public.

PCSO Gambino added “Street Watch could be summed up as an extended, mobile Neighbourhood Watch. We regularly meet with the public to listen to their concerns. This will allow them to take their involvement one step further.”

Balsall Common was the first place in the borough to get a Street Watch scheme, with the Solihull News joining one of the first patrols last autumn.

For more information on assisting local officers, visit www.west-midlands.police.uk or call officers at Solihull Police Station on 101.

 

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