On Tuesday (August 27th), Rachel meet with local police to discuss residents’ concerns.
During her meeting at Redditch Police Station, Rachel discussed the ever-evolving challenges facing them, and also joined the officers on a routine patrol.
One key aspect of discussion was the threats that police officers face on the frontline and what can be done to help to reduce the danger. To help better protect officers, the possibility of an increased rollout of tasers across the forces was discussed.
Stop and Search and the County Lines drug problems were also discussed, and Rachel was pleased to learn that the police felt that they had the legal backing to carry out Stop and Search in and effective and professional manor.
Rachel was impressed to find that the new powers available for communities to fight back against the blight of anti-social behaviour was being used by residents. ‘Community Triggers’ allow for more co-operation between public sector bodies to fight persistent community issues and give a proper response to residents.
Rachel said: “A top priority for me is tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and I’ve consistently called for more frontline officers on the streets which we will be seeing by the end of the year with 35 extra police officers for Redditch and North Worcestershire.
“I regularly help residents deal with anti-social behaviour issues in their local communities, and it was a useful opportunity to raise these concerns with Inspector Mark Chappell, PC Downs and Sgt Roberts during our meeting.
“I am a strong supporter of ensuring the police are properly equipped to do their job, which is why I support the rollout of tasers to all frontline officers.
“I would like to say thank you to all our serving police in Redditch for the incredible work you do every single day.”