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CCTV and extremism training in crime crackdown plan for Walsall

By Dayna Farrington | Walsall | News | Published:

Increased CCTV, knife campaigns and more than 1,700 teaching staff being trained to prevent violent extremism are all ways planned to make Walsall safer.

Park Street in Walsall town centre

Walsall Council is set to update its community safety plan and named some of the current initiatives being used to tackle crime.

Safer Walsall Partnership, which governs a number of statutory responsibilities for the council, have instructed officers to develop a community safety plan during 2019/2020. It will set out strategic priorities and how objectives are monitored and met.

Walsall Council leader Mike Bird said they had not had a community safety plan in place, which is a legal requirement.

It is anticipated the new community safety plan will be submitted to Walsall Council for approval in July.

Walsall Council House

Initiatives will include a foundations for safety schools programme, an increase in CCTV cameras, strengthened pathways to reduce reoffending, an improved completition of drug and alcohol treatment journey by individuals, 1,746 teaching and support staff trained to prevent violent extremism and modern slavery training for the council.

Councillor Bird said: "We have done a community safety plan for the next year, as we had not had one in place which is a legal requirement. Councillor Garry Perry has worked hard with officers to get that in place.

"Crime and community safety is high on our priority list – and why shouldn't it be. People's fear of crime is more important than crime itself.

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"We are looking at all ways to keep people safe – upgrading CCTV, making environmental crime a big issue such as fly-tipping. It comes down to people's wellbeing and how they feel about living in Walsall."

A report to Walsall Council's cabinet meeting on Wednesday(24) states: "Crime and disorder, whether this is a low level or serious crime impacts on our communities and their health and wellbeing. It is fitting, therefore, that community safety is recognised as a priority within the council’s corporate plan and the Walsall Plan.

"Community safety is a shared responsibility and requires an integrated approach to bring all the partners, members and communities together to develop strategies to minimise any risk factors and improve the overall well-being of our residents and communities."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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