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Police and National Express target ASB on Coventry buses

National Express Coventry and Safer Travel have been putting joint partnership working into action, patrolling the city’s bus network to keep passengers and staff safe. In a first for Coventry, Safer Travel’s PC Sean Murphy and Sean Stenson, an...

Teenager apologises to girl he tormented on bus

A Dudley teenager has made amends to his victim for his bullying behaviour, after hearing how it made her feel. In September 2017, a 15-year-old boy from Wrens Nest in Dudley was on a bus, trying to impress his friends by tormenting a 15-year-old...

A teenager behind a spate of senseless vandalism on National Express buses has been making amends by cleaning up after passengers.

The 16-year-old, from Rowley Regis, carried out 19 hours of restorative justice after he slashed seats on National Express buses.   During a three week period in August and September last year, the teenager struck nine times on vehicles in the...

Police appeal

Police are appealing to trace this man, can you help? Officers want to identify this man after a bus inspector was assaulted on the number 937. The incident happened on Newtown Row, Birmingham at around 6pm on Wednesday 13th December.  Anyone...

Woman charged with assaulting police community support officers (PCSO’s)

A woman has been charged with assaulting two Safer Travel PCSO’s after being stopped at Coventry Bus station on Thursday (25 January) at around 3.40pm. Emma Pullen, was approached after making offensive gestures towards the officers. At which point...

Buses in the West Midlands have more CCTV cameras than any other mode of transport.

A senior West Midlands Police officer says he is “staggered” that anyone does anything wrong on a bus - because CCTV pictures are so clear nowadays. Detective Inspector Warren Hines of West Midlands Police CID homicide investigation team praised the...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  The Safer Travel team are starting off the New Year with a focus on improving safety on public transport.  We have created a Passenger Code of Conduct for students to re-enforce our expectations of acceptable behaviour. We kindly...

Increased police presence to ensure passenger safety to Birmingham’s German Market

With only days until Christmas, extra police are patrolling the public transport network to welcome millions of shoppers into Birmingham city centre for the city’s famous German market. High-visibility patrols on the city’s bus, train and tram...

West Midlands Fire Service teams up to Safer Travel Restorative Justice project

A groundbreaking scheme teaching young people the error of their ways rather than putting them before the courts has got the firefighters on board. West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has joined West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership’s Restorative...

Teenage bus vandal hit with £2,000 costs order

A teenager has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 for a spate of “senseless” criminal damage that saw him slash bus seats and steal on-board security cameras. The 16-year-old, from Rowley Regis, struck nine times over a three-week period in August...

Safer Travel & CCTV room helps relocate bike with owner!

Safer Travel & CCTV room helps relocate bike with owner! The CCTV control room, based at Centro house, holds more than 1,500 cameras and can access CCTV from around the West Midlands and Transport Hubs; monitoring and replaying CCTV when called...

Safer Travel heads back to school

Bosses at West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership have praised Birmingham schoolchildren after a successful end-of-term police operation to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Safer Travel is now gearing up for the back-to-school season.Operation...

Bike Marking today at Canley!

We have moved our bike marking event today to Canley. 16:30-18:30 Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

DNA taken from spit kits are becoming increasingly more effective in identifying offenders.

West Midlands bus drivers were given mini DNA kits in 2012 to help police track anyone who spits at them or fellow passengers. The DNA kits have become increasingly effective at identifying offenders and getting them in front of the courts. The spit...

Breaking the cycle of bike crime

The third annual Cycle Crime Conference, hosted by BikeRegister, the national cycle database, in association with British Transport Police (BTP), took place in Birmingham last week. The third annual Cycle Crime Conference, hosted by BikeRegister,...

Memory Man successfully identifies 1,000 crime suspects!

After spotting 250 crime suspects in just a year, Police Community Support Officer Andy Pope is living up to his 'memory man' title after hitting the 1000 mark in five years!  PCSO Andy Pope has a remarkable ability to recognise faces of some of the...

Restorative Justice

We currently have a total of 29 youngsters going through our Restorative Justice scheme at the moment.  They are taking part in the scheme for various offences on the public transport network, from Grievous Bodily Harm and Anti Social Behaviour-...

Safer Travel ’See Something, Say Something’ cards made more accessible

A student from Hodge Hill has inspired the Safer Travel Partnership to re-design their See Something, Say Something (SSSS) cards to be more accessible to vulnerable users. Aisha Bibi, age 22, found herself the victim of hate crime on the bus when a...

See Something Say Something App Update

Unfortunately our See Something Say Something mobile phone app is no longer available to report anti social behaviour. Please continue to TEXT 83010 to report Anti Social behaviour or report on our website We will keep you updated when a new mobile...

CCTV released as tram stop murder investigation continues

Updated Sunday 2 April     Detectives have today released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak with in connection with the murder of a man at Soho Benson Road tram stop on Friday 31 March   DCI Paul Langley said: “Our...

Take a behind-the-scenes look at work to keep passengers safe on West Midlands buses

These are the words of a security specialist in charge of keeping an eye on the CCTV on our buses, writes Express & Star reporter Jessica Labhart. The new, Vemotion cameras are set along ‘hotspot’ routes in the West Midlands with the aim of...

Thief jailed after Dorridge cycle theft spree

A callous cycle thief, who stole a Solihull teen’s bike while he visited his sister in hospital, has been jailed for 16 weeks.    Ross Jones, 23, took Jacob Insull’s bike from Dorridge railway station on 5 July after the 14-year-old caught a train...

West Midlands Safer Travel Restorative Justice scheme goes from strength to strength

A scheme which tackles anti-social behaviour (ASB) such as vandalism by young people on public transport across the West Midlands has celebrated another successful year. The Restorative Justice programme run by the West Midlands Safer Travel...

Congratulations to all the Master Drivers at National Express WM

We were pleased to be invited to the National Express West Midlands Master Driver Awards on Wednesday 1st Feb. It was a pleasure to meet all of the dedicated drivers, giving up their time to make sure we have a safer and happier journey on our public...

Family "overwhelmed" after officers help Solihull teen visit sister in hospital

A teenager from Solihull has received a belated Christmas present from officers in the Safer Travel Partnership after they donated him a new bike to ensure he can visit his sister in hospital. Jacob Insull, 13, was left struggling to visit his...

Troublemakers caught out as CCTV installed on West Midlands buses

National Express West Midlands has revealed it has installed the state-of-the-art 4G Vemotion CCTV units to some of its vehicles The technology allows the Safer Travel police team to tap into live CCTV feeds and view anti-social behaviour on any...

International Restorative Justice Week

This week (20th – 27th November) represents ‘International Restorative Justice Week’. To celebrate this event please read how the Safer Travel Partnership gets involved with Restorative Justice and their schemes focus on working with young...

Tyrese wins the name game with Operation Bale

Birmingham youngster Tyrese Nelson has left his mark on the buses after winning a competition promoting safer travel. The 11-year-old got to name a bus after his baby niece as part of the annual Operation Bale initiative run by the West Midlands...

Safer Travel Partner Wins Top Award

The region’s new combined authority has landed a major award after its transport arm was named best in the UK at the industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), took...

National Express West Midlands is Bus Operator Of The Year

Transport operator National Express West Midlands has won Bus Operator of the Year at the National Transport Awards. Commenting after the awards, National Express group Chief Executive, Dean Finch, said: “This is a great accolade for the whole...

Your Public Transport Matters Event

The Safer Travel's Anti-Social Behaviour team will be in Oldbury on the 25th November to answer your questions. They will be with Transport for West Midlands staff by an exhibition bus near Sainsburys between 12-2pm. If you would like to learn more...

Bus passengers urged to See Something, Say Something

Safer Travel Police Community Support Officers Tash Luczak, left, and Jennie Beechey with the new look See Something SaySomething Posters   Passengers urged to See Something, Say Something  With Halloween and Bonfire Night looming, bus...

Centro Becomes TfWM

Key Safer Travel Partnership member organisation Centro has become Transport for the West midlands (TfWM) and is now part of the West Midlands Combined authority structure. The order officially creating the West Midlands Combined Authority came into...

Cycle Surgeries- Love Your Bike

The Safer Travel Partnership, in conjunction with Network West Midlands are continuing to run cycle surgeries at rail stations across the West Midlands over the next few months. The aim will be to raise awareness of cycle crime prevention and to...

Project Empower

Project Empower is run by the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership - a union of police, transport providers and TfWM, the region's public transport co-ordinator. Working from the Birmingham HQ of transport authority TfWM - in Summer Lane - they...

British Transport Police Cadets at New Street Station

British Transport Police (BTP) Cadets out in force as the new Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central Shopping Centre opens it doors to the public.  Cadets engaged with the public promoting BTPs national text service (text 61016) and helping...

Student Night Bus Initiative 28th September

The night bus initiative will be running on Monday 28th September and will involve National Express West Midlands and officers from The Safer Travel team providing a free bus service transporting fresher students who are attending the Birmingham City...

Your Public Transport Matters

These events are organised by Centro that welcomes operators to share facilities provided in order to both interact with customers and to promote new product and services. The safer travel policing team will attend these events allocated below. This...

Restorative Justice programme to tackle ASB on public transport celebrates successful first year

Radio Interview with Inspector Lee Gordon. DownloadA scheme putting young vandals to work repairing damage they have caused on public transport has celebrated a successful first year. The Restorative Justice pilot project was launched by Birmingham...

Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme

Click here for the VPC video. British Transport Police are piloting two Volunteer Police Cadet Schemes, one in London and a second in Birmingham.  These will be part of the national VPC scheme under the ACPO lead of CC Shaun Sawyer (Devon &...

Operation Ice Bucket Challenge

Click HERE to watch Operation Ice Bucket Challenge! 7 officers of the Safer Travel Partnership pledge their support for Motor Neurone Disease Association by taking part in the #IceBucketChallenge and donating each by text. They each nominated the...

Cycle Surgeries

The Safer Travel Partnership, in conjunction with Network West Midlands are continuing to run cycle surgeries at rail stations across the West Midalnds over the next few months. The aim will be to raise awareness of cycle crime prevention and to...

Team swears in Special new recruits

Travel on the West Midlands public transport network is now even safer with the recruitment of 12 new Special Constables.   The volunteer officers have been jointly recruited by West Midlands Police and British Transport Police to join the Safer...

Abuse to transport staff - not tolerated!

A woman who racially abused a bus driver in a dispute over a ticket has been ordered to pay him 100 pounds and to pay 200 pounds court costs by magistrates in Birmingham. Jessica Haines, 23, of Braithwaite Road, Sparkbrook was also given a community...

See Something, Say Something mobile phone app launched

Passengers on the public transport network can instantly report antisocial behaviour over the internet with the launch of a pioneering mobile phone app The See Something, Say Something app has been unveiled by the Safer Travel Partnership. More...

Seven new Special Constables join the team

The number of volunteer Special Constables on the beat with the Safer Travel Police Team in the West Midlands has been boosted after seven new officers were sworn-in at a ceremony in Birmingham. The Safer Travel Police Team falls under the Safer...

TRADING PLACES

Young people in Birmingham recently got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to trade places with police and fire service officers to help deter them from crime. A total of 45 young people — some of whom are known to police — spent two days with officers...

Police operations are 'storming' success

Two recent operations run by the Safer Travel Partnership proved to be a great success. Operation Storm aimed to target offenders on public transport in Birmingham with a particular focus on robbery, theft and anti-social behaviour as visitors and...

Safer Travel Command Centre wins national award

A pioneering £1.2m command centre dedicated to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour on the West Midlands transport network has landed a prestigious award just five months after its launch. The Safer Travel Command Centre, a joint initiative by...

Chase Line commuter rail stations land crime-busting awards

One of the region’s key commuter rail lines has landed a top award for keeping passengers safe from crime. Every station on the Chase Line between Tame Bridge Parkway and Rugeley Town has now been awarded Secure Station Accreditation by the...

Metro system first in UK to win safety award

The Midland Metro has become the first tram system in the UK to win a prestigious award for passenger safety and crime reduction. Judges from the Secured by Design organisation and the Association of Chief Police Officers have given the coveted...

Mole on cheek helps police 'Memory Man' spot theft suspect

AN AWARD-WINNING officer with a photographic memory for criminals faces has added to his hit rate after chasing down a burglary suspect through Birmingham city centre crowds. PCSO Andy Pope was honoured by West Midlands Police recently for his...

Award for 'Memory Man' with knack for spotting suspects

A COMMUNITY officer dubbed West Midlands Police's 'Memory Man' is to be honoured for his "astonishing" record of spotting criminals on Birmingham's streets. PCSO Andy Pope has successfully identified more than 130 wanted people in just 12 months...

More Rail Station Cycle 'Surgeries'

The Safer Travel Police Team have planned more cycle surgeries at rail stations this summer following the success of our recent surgeries. We are raising the awareness of cycle crime prevention; the feedback from passengers and our partners has been...

Rail Station Cycle 'Surgeries'

The Safer Travel Police Team will be running a number of cycle surgeries at rail stations this summer. The aim will be to raise awareness of cycle crime prevention and to provide an opportunity for cycle owners to have their cycle marked with a...

New Safer Travel Command Centre opens

On Monday 14th May, Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening launched a pioneering £1.2m command centre dedicated to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour on the West Midlands transport network. The Safer Travel Command Centre in...

Crime falls on West Midlands public transport network

Crime on and around the West Midlands bus network has fallen by 12 per cent (345 fewer offences) over the last year, figures from the Safer Travel Partnership have revealed. Offences were also down 12 per cent (341 fewer crimes) on the region’s rail...

CCTV

CCTV is used throughout the West Midlands public transport network to provide security for passengers and staff and to help in deterring and detecting crime.  It provides the ability to monitor all forms of transport - with cameras being located on...

Operation Hay

Operation Hay was a trans-modal initiative that took place during the first two weeks of the new academic term in January focusing around the safety of pupils travelling to and from school using public transport, many with new high value technology...

Trojan Tram

In February, officers and PCSO’s from the Safer Travel Police Team undertook Operation Silver Hawk – to combat anti-social behaviour on the Metro system and other ‘line of route’ offences such as stone throwing. The operation involved the use of a...

Operation Hades

Operation Hades took place between the 27th February and the 2nd March at West Bromwich tram stop to coincide with the opening of the new Sandwell College campus. The operation focussed on revenue protection, passenger reassurance and anti social...

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