Town cen­tre re­cruits ‘guardians’ to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

HIGH-PRO­FILE ‘even­ing guardians’ have been re­cruited in Soli­hull to of­fer a re­as­sur­ing pres­ence in the town cen­tre on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

The two guardians pa­trol Soli­hull town cen­tre be­tween 8pm1am as part of a project launched by the lo­cal Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (BID).

Soli­hull BID also em­ploys a team of ‘town hosts’ to wel­come vis­i­tors and sup­port to busi­nesses dur­ing the day. Both guardians are trained to dif­fuse in­ci­dents us­ing safe re­strain­ing tech­niques. The duo wear lapel video cam­eras, and are con­nected to rel­e­vant ra­dio and CCTV net­works.

A re­port is pre­pared at the end of ev­ery week­end which de­tails in­ci­dents. This is shared with the BID and po­lice to help re­search crime hot-spots.

Me­lanie Palmer, BID di­rec­tor, said: “We want to send out the mes­sage that we will not tol­er­ate anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or any form of crime in the town cen­tre and we are de­lighted to in­tro­duce the BID Even­ing Guardians to help sup­port this.

“Feed­back from our bars and restau­rants has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive and they love the fact that there are reg­u­lar faces on the street to co-or­di­nate in­for­ma­tion be­tween the venues, di­rect the pub­lic to events and to gen­er­ally as­sist in the safety of the area at night.

“They are work­ing closely with the Lo­cal Polic­ing team and other rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­sure a strong part­ner­ship ap­proach to the safety of our town cen­tre.”

The guardians are hired from se­cu­rity ex­perts iSec Se­cu­rity.

>From left: PCSO Andy Al­ton, BID town host team leader Emma Mon­ning­ton, even­ing guardians Carl Richards and Barri Dhillon, Soli­hull BID town host Julie Fox, and PCSO An­gela Cham­bers

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