A new crime fighting team moves in to Hillfields
tomorrow looking for long-term solutions to problems in the inner-city
West Midlands Police have appointed six extra
officers, with knowledge of the area, to the new team.
The money has come from the Crime Fighting Fund,
set up by the Home Office.
Police say this is 'no quick fix', but it does build
on recent successes.
Insp Debbie Harrod explained:
“All the officers seconded to the crime
fighting team will be taken from those who know the area well and
have built up a partnership with the local community.
“These officers will be building on the
existing strong links, while aiming to find long-term solutions to
any drugs, robbery and prostitution problems in the area.
“We know we have community support and have
had a number of successes in recent months, but we are sure the
extra officers dedicated to these tasks will add to these successes
and ensure greater results in the future.”
Team co-ordinator, Sgt John Eaton, said:
“These are additional officers who will
continue to build on the work carried out in the past in partnership
with other agencies and members of the community in the Hillfields
“This is not a quick fix to the problems, but
we feel sure their impact and achievements will become apparent
within a few months to members of the Hillfields community.
“Other officers will be coming into the
Hillfields sector to take the place of those officers who will be
members of the crime fighting team to maintain the policing levels
in the sector.”