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Walsall Police Updates

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We would like to welcome you to the first of our monthly policing updates for Walsall. We hope to highlight some of the work that our officers and staff across the Borough are doing, as well as important crime prevention advice, opportunities for you to get involved and upcoming events that may be of interest to you.

In addition to this monthly round-up, over the next few weeks you will also start to receive regular updates from your local policing team. From updates on crime, safety advice, community engagement work and positive police action taken in your area.

Awards for Walsall PCSOs
Police Community Support Officers Joe Bull and Ellie Fletcher have been presented with Chief Constable Commendations.  

In May last year, Joe and Ellie were patrolling Bloxwich in Walsall when someone told them they’d seen two teenagers running down the high street with knives. Another person said they had seen then hold up a taxi driver.

The PCSOs split up and followed the boys before detaining them and seizing the knives they had stolen from a shop. Police officers then arrived to arrest them. 

Joe and Ellie were given the awards by Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine at an awards ceremony on Thursday.

New signing for the force's football unit
We've boosted our football unit squad by securing the signing of a new dedicated officer for Walsall – and he’s confident next season can be a success on and off the field.
Pc Chris McComisky has returned to his roots having started his policing career as a response officer in the town almost 14 years ago. 

Following his transfer, the 35-year-old is now looking forward to working alongside the club and supporters to ensure everyone can safely enjoy following the team.  Read the full story here: You can follow Chris via the @WFC_WMP Twitter account.

Lionheart Challenge
Walsall Police were honoured to be invited to support the grand final of The Walsall Schools Lionheart Challenge which was recently held at Walsall Stadium. One hundred young people from five Walsall secondary schools attended the event which was sponsored by One Palfrey Big Local. 

Two teams from each school competed against each other by designing and creating a highly effective action project to reduce youth violence in Walsall.

Officers and staff from St Matthew’s local Policing team and our Partnerships team were on hand to guide and advise the teams with specialist knowledge to help them get their projects ready to present to the judges.

There were some fantastic projects put forward but the overall winners on the day were the team from Joseph Leckie Academy for their project which looks to reduce knife crime in Walsall.

Annual Youth Summit 
The West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner recently held the annual youth summit in Birmingham. The event which was hosted by Youth Commissioners from Walsall & Dudley was attended by nearly two hundred young people from across the West Midlands including young people from Walsall College and Walsall Police Cadets.

This year’s Youth Summit showcased some of the activity being driven to rebuild community policing, tackle violence against women and girls and the work being done to make travel around the West Midlands safer. 
Join our network of digital volunteers
Are you the admin of a local Facebook group, or do you write a local blog? Perhaps you’re a social media guru with a large Walsall based following, or simply have a passion for keeping your neighbourhood informed with apps like Next Door and WhatsApp? If so, we want to hear from you.

By joining our digital volunteer network you’ll be helping us share critical WMNow updates in your online community networks here in Walsall. As well as exclusive digital content from WMP for you to download and share. Join our growing network of digital volunteers here:

Help us to make the streets safer for everyone by anonymously telling us where you don't feel safe.

StreetSafe is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused. Please note: 'StreetSafe' is not for reporting crime or incidents.

Your report will help us identify areas that need improving and make the streets safer for everyone, particularly women and girls. Click here for further information:

Vehicle Crime in Walsall
There has been a rise in vehicle crime across the whole of the West Midlands including here in Walsall. We're working hard to catch the people responsible for these thefts. However, we're asking all vehicle owners to take extra care.

What you can do to protect your vehicle?
Check your fob has done its job - don’t assume your vehicle is secure, always check doors are locked before you walk away
•    Keep cars parked in well-lit areas or secure carparks - especially in the evening
•    Keep your keyless fob in a faraday bag so the frequency cannot be hacked
•    Remove all valuables from the vehicle when parked. This includes tools.

For further advice on protecting your vehicle visit our crime prevention page here.

Events Coming up….
 It's Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April, and West Midlands Police Black and Asian Police Association are hosting an event to celebrate his life and legacy. The event is open to the public. Come along to celebrate and discuss what we can do to shape the future of policing. For further information

Follow in Peaky Blinders’ footsteps at our new police museum
The new West Midlands Police Museum has opened its doors to visitors following a two-year project transforming it from a Victorian Lock-Up to a unique heritage attraction.

The museum – which will open six days a week – is the largest, most accessible police museum in the country and brings together an unrivalled collection of police artefacts.

There is an array of hands-on activities where people can play the role of detective at a crime scene, examine evidence in a forensics lab, take your own police ‘mugshot’ and dress up in police uniform from years gone by. Read the full story here:

Updated: 13/04/2022 by Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)
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