Safer Travel Police Team has special new recruits
THE Safer Travel Police
Team has welcomed twelve new Special Constables to help make
travel on public transport in the West Midlands safer.
The new recruits were sworn in at a special ceremony on Saturday
15 February and will be the first Specials to have a dedicated role
in policing the trains, buses and trams of the region.
The volunteer constables have been jointly recruited by West
Midlands Police and British Transport Police to join the team,
which deals with crime and anti-social behaviour on public
The twelve recruits have completed their training and were sworn
in as Special Constables at a ceremony at the Safer Travel Command
Centre at Centro House in Birmingham. They will then join their
regular police colleagues in the Safer Travel Police Team on
The new recruits are both men and women and mixed ages with a
variety of day jobs, including full time students and bus
The Safer Travel Police Team carries out regular reassurance and
intelligence-led patrols on public transport and organises regular
operations to target criminals who operate on public transport.
Officers also work closely with youngsters about the importance
of good behaviour on the public transport network.
Special Constables have the same powers as regular officers and
wear the same uniform. They are given all the necessary training to
enable them to carry out their duties. The hours are flexible but
specials are required to work a minimum of four hours each
Inspector Lee Gordon, in charge of the Safer Travel Team, said:
"Special Constables make a valuable contribution to local policing
and provide an important link with the community. The new recruits
will help to provide a visible reassurance for people using trains,
trams and buses.
Now their initial training is complete, they will be given
on-the-job training and will then be able to patrol on their own,
helping to reduce crime and making the travelling public feel safe
The recruitment honours an election commitment made by West
Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner Bob Jones to make public
transport safer in the West Midlands by bolstering the force's pool
of volunteer officers.
He said: "Special Constables are remarkable volunteers who give
their time for their community and are vital in supporting local
policing. These new recruits will be a fantastic addition to the
Safer Travel Team in helping to protect the travelling community
within the West Midlands."
The Safer Travel Police Team falls under the Safer Travel
Partnership, which brings officers form West Midlands and British
Transport Police together to work closely with staff from transport
authority Centro and transport operators with the aim of making
travel on trains, trams and buses in the region even safer.
For more information see here.