Volunteer crime fighters shortlisted for police award
A group of volunteer crime fighters in
Shirley, which has confronted drug dealers, recovered weapons from
parks and patrolled the streets have been nominated for an award by the
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Shirley Street Watch, which is
comprised of twelve volunteers, started their work in Shirley in January and have spent hundreds of
hours tackling anti-social behaviour and reassuring the
In May 2018 they spent more than 100
hours confronting drug dealers, reporting drink drivers and working
with other agencies in tackling the problems in their
The volunteers don't just help to tackle crime,
they also get involved with litter picks. They have returned stolen trolleys to
supermarkets and called on the council to fix problems such as
broken bollards, fly tipping and unlocked park gates.
The West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: "The Street Watch team are a
real asset to the community in Shirley. They are a fine example of
a group of active citizens who want to make positive
"Many of them do this on top of their
careers and full time jobs in order to make a difference.
"What is all the more remarkable is
just twelve months ago they didn't know
each other and now they are a highly successful force for
Patrols are conducted in pairs and the
Shirley team work most days of the week. Members of the
public have given high praise to the group for the work they do keeping the area
Volunteer Chris Smith, said: "In just 6 months we have seen
anti-social behaviour drop considerably in Shirley. The drug
dealers have stopped doing their trade from the car parks. You also
no longer see the laughing gas canisters which used to litter the
"As well as the crime prevention
work, I'm really proud we have been able to help and support
so many homeless people and find somewhere warm for them to stay."
Shirley Street Watch will continue to
work closely with their local policing team to tackle anti-social
behaviour, drug dealing, drink driving and much more.
The Outstanding Citizens Awards take
place on 5th July.