A new approach to supporting
members of the community in Coventry has been launched by police in
A Community Safety Bureau has
been set up at each of the three major police stations in Coventry in
a bid to tackle crime and its causes.
Each will have officers
specialising in local intelligence, domestic violence, crime
reduction, Neighbourhood Watch support and schools liaison.
Other specialists will also be
called in when they are needed and the units will be headed by an
The trio in charge are Insp
Steve Graham at Little Park Street, Insp Ellie Bird at Chace Avenue,
and Insp Dara Lloyd at Stoney Stanton Road.
Insp Lloyd said:
“Our main aim is to reduce
crime and anti-social behaviour and to investigate any crime-related
matter that concerns the community.
“Whenever we speak to
members of the public, the problems that cause most concern are
usually nuisance and vandalism and intimidation of the elderly,
either real or imagined, by groups of youngsters hanging around on
”In response we are
gathering groups of officers together who are specialist in certain
fields in a bid to support both the officers out on the beats and
the victims of crime themselves.
“If an officer is called
to a crime he or she will take a statement and investigate the
“If this is a repeat
crime, a racist crime, or an attack on a vulnerable member of the
community, the officers from the bureau will analyse what has
happened and will attempt to try and prevent similar crimes
happening again to the same person or in the same area.”
Insp Ellie Bird said the
officers would be working with other agencies in the city and
developing the network of contacts already forged by the police.
“By using these contacts,
a whole range of people can be called in to increase personal safety
and improve the quality of life for people who have suffered an
“This could be something
practical such as issuing a personal attack alarm to a victim of
domestic violence, or fitting security locks for someone who is
suffering from repeat burglaries.
“Or it could be that we
will liaise with the council to find local youngsters a place they
can use for football rather than the local streets.”