For over 20 years, a group of volunteers have worked as Homewatch Co-ordinators in the Sefton area. The Co-ordinators have set up a number of schemes to provide reassurance to the local community and to provide support, policing information and crime prevention advice.
The team have built up excellent relationships with local people and often serve as the conduit between the public and the police, with many people feeling confident in sharing information with the volunteers.
The Co-ordinators therefore act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of Merseyside Police and have helped increase public confidence and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
A particularly successful example of their work is when a member of the group rang a Co-ordinator to report drug dealing. They liaised with an intelligence officer who guided them on what to do and the member was able to supply detailed information on what they saw which resulted in a raid taking place where drugs were found an offender was arrested.
One of the scheme’s volunteers has received an MBE ‘For Services to the Community in Merseyside’.