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 Travel team, which deals with crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport.
They will be the first Specials to have a dedicated role in policing the region�s trains, buses and trams.
The twelve recruits were sworn in as Special Constables at a ceremony at the Safer Travel Command Centre in Birmingham.
The men and women hold down a variety of day jobs and include full-time students and bus drivers.
Inspector Lee Gordon, in charge of the Safer Travel Team, said: "I am delighted to welcome these new officers to the team.
Special Constables make a valuable contribution to local policing and provide an important link with the community.
They will provide a visible reassurance for people using trains, trams and buses, help reduce crime and make passengers feel safe and secure."
The Safer Travel Police Team carries out regular reassurance and intelligence-led patrols on public transport and organises regular operations to target criminals who operate on the network.
Officers also work closely with youngsters about the importance of good behaviour.
Special Constables have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform. Their hours are flexible but they are required to work a minimum of four hours each week.
The recruitment honours an election commitment made by West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner Bob Jones to make public transport safer in the West Midlands by bolstering the force's pool of volunteer officers.
He said: "I salute the Special Constables, they are remarkable people who serve the community and play a vital role in policing.
These new recruits are a fantastic addition to the Safer Travel Team."