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Numerous Watch schemes currently run across the West Midlands, including Pub Watch, Horse Watch and Business Watch. Details of the most common watch scheme, Neighbourhood Watch, are accessible via the following external website www.ourwatch.org.uk/
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the UK’s largest community crime prevention initiatives. Neighbourhood Watch is not run by the police, but has dedicated members of staff working with it.
Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people of its community. Members of the public and their neighbours come together to make their area a safe and pleasant place to live. They decide what measures to take because they know their community needs best. Local groups also draw on support from police, local authorities, fire and rescue services and the voluntary sector and anyone else who can help increase safety in the community.
Street Watch is a community-led initiative based upon regulated, civilian street patrols and whose members are citizens with no police powers.
Groups are managed by a volunteer co-ordinator who keeps a list of volunteers and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police.
Volunteers must patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a specific website that the neighbourhood policing team can look at prior to the patrols taking place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity they are asked to report it to the police but not get involved.
A short training session is provided followed by six weekly meetings with a neighbourhood sergeant. Members of the neighbourhood policing team or a senior volunteer go out on the first patrol with new volunteers.
Volunteers are asked to carry a mobile phone with them at all times.
The Street Watch scheme has protocols in place and insurance is provided for volunteers over 18 years of age.
West Midlands Police currently have schemes in Birmingham East and Solihull. More details can be found by contacting your local neighbourhood team.
Street Pastors schemes are an inter-denominational church response to neighbourhood problems. They enable volunteers from churches to receive training and engage with people on the streets in night-time venues to care, listen, and help in practical ways.
The schemes now have more than 2,500 trained volunteers and operate in over 100 locations across the UK.
Typically, churches in an area come together and express an interest in Street Pastors. A management group is set up and a co-ordinator identified. At least four churches need to be involved in each scheme.
Volunteers are recruited from local churches. References are obtained from their church and volunteers are provided with 12 days of training in two or three blocks. After the first block of training, volunteers can go out on the streets. Each volunteer receives a uniform (to help distinguish them from statutory authorities) and commits to going out on the streets at least once a month.
More details on Street Pastors can be found at www.streetpastors.org.uk.