The Safer Travel Partnership¹ is a public organisation in the West Midlands that aims to reduce the number of transport-related recorded crimes and to make passengers feel safer.
A SUCCESS! – Crime on Public Transport reduced by 65% over 5 years and by 7% in a recent 12 month period! This success is attributed mainly to this intelligence gathering, neighbourhood policing organisation and its high-tech monitoring methods.
A SAFER TRAVEL TASKING GROUP drives policing activity. The Group consists of key partners and is informed through a monthly tactical assessment drawn up by a dedicated intelligence team.
A TEAM OF OFFICERS² patrol trains, buses and Metro trams to deal with reported incidents and reassure passengers of their safety.
To say something use:
♦ Text: ‘Bus’ ‘Metro’ or ‘Rail’, leave a space, then give details of time, date, location and route number to 83010
♦ Telephone: Bus 101 • Metro & Rail 0800 40 50 40
♦ Email: Fill in a form with the details
A COMMAND CENTRE in Birmingham City Centre supports the team. Staffed 24 hours a day to spot and respond to incidents, it is equipped with the latest live video monitoring technology to enable – 50 screens display views from more than 1000 CCTV cameras located at Bus, Rail and Metro stations, Park and Ride sites, Bus routes and in Bus shelters.
A further high-tech facility, Vemotion, was introduced in December 2015 where officers can access cameras on board buses in real-time. The team can use mobile devices or tablets to monitor incidents occurring and respond more readily.
A VIDEO about the Safer Travel Partnership can be viewed by clicking here.
¹ The Partnership is between:
British Transport Police West Midlands Police Centro
National Express Midlands Region’s 7 Safety Partnerships.
² Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
Article by Geoff Caine