Safer Sandwell review
We're working together through the Safer Sandwell Partnership and with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to make a safer borough for all.
We're tackling what matters most to you through our Policing and Crime Plan.
This year at a glance (updated July 2017)
- Thousands of residents received crime prevention, safety and healthy living advice thanks to our autumn Safer 6 campaign.
- We're trialling a new Kids Court, where drivers caught speeding or on their mobile phone outside schools can choose to sit in front of a panel of children to answer for their actions instead of points and a fine.
- More Sandwell people are recovering from drug dependency, with those successfully completing treatment up from 98 to 166 in two years.
- Our Blue Light Project – which has so far supported 24 people with chronic alcohol dependence – has won praise from Public Health England and helped save money for the emergency services.
- Our Youth Offending Service is the 8th best in England for cutting the number of offenders who re-offend within two years. First time offending is down by nearly 20%.
- We’ve boosted our Integrated Offender Management team, linking up various services under one roof in West Bromwich, including probation, community psychiatric nurses, police and drug and alcohol workers.
- We've launched a Victims Panel, to support victims and encourage reporting of crimes such as domestic abuse, modern slavery, female genital mutilation and hate crime.
- We're funding two projects for our SHAPE Youth Forum – one to protect young people from exposure to pornography and internet crime; the other to motivate and inspire young people.
- Black Country Women's Aid helped more than 3,000 victims of domestic violence and abuse from Sandwell, with support ranging from one-to-one advice to refuge accommodation.
- More than 50 domestic violence perpetrators have now completed our Brighter Futures behaviour change programme, and we're all working more closely to protect high-risk victims and their children.
- We've held school talks on unity, tolerance and understanding and are helping parents and carers tackle online extremism and radicalisation from within the home.
- We're working at a local, regional and national level to prevent terrorism and radicalisation and our community leaders have stood in unity at events and vigils following recent terror attacks.
Thanks to all our residents, businesses and community, voluntary and faith groups that contribute so much to all of this work in helping make Sandwell safer.
We're here to help you - our community safety page and crime prevention page has lots of useful contact details for advice and support.