Safer Travel Partnership

Safer Travel logoThe 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.

Train PatrolBus PatrolMetro Patrol




SeeSomethingSaySomething largerThey also promote a campaign of See Something Say Something encouraging people to report any nuisance or anti-social behaviour (ASB) during their journeys. See details³ below of how to report.

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

COMMAND CENTRE in Birmingham City Centre supports the team. Staffed 24 hours a day to Safer Travel Command Centrespot 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.

For further information: website Twitter: @ST_Police


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