A new scheme launched in Kings Heath has been welcomed by local businesses and community members in the area.
Youth Watch – a scheme aimed at helping police improve relationships with young people – has so far attracted 15 members from the All Saints Youth Centre.
The young members joined officers from the Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood team and Kate Smart, Business Improvement District manager for the High Street, to carry out patrols in the area.
The members decided to start a Youth Watch scheme and approached their local neighbourhood team to implement it.
Kings Heath has been identified as an area for improvement for ‘The Children’s Society’s Kings Heath Good Childhood Report’.
The idea behind Youth Watch is that members will regularly work with businesses on the High Street and the local neighbourhood team to clean up graffiti, litter and report unsafe street furniture.
They will patrol every Thursday afternoon with officers from the local neighbourhood team.
Sergeant Anna Wilson from the Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood team said: “Thanks to a great partnership between All Saints Youth Centre, Kings Heath BID and West Midlands Police, Youth Watch patrols should be a great success.
“We had excellent feedback from the businesses and the local environment will improve as a result of these weekly proactive patrols.”
Kiu Wai Lam co-ordinator from the All Saints Youth Centre, said: “This has been a very promising start to this new initiative, hopefully it will help cultivate a more positive relationship between young people and local businesses.
“I am excited about this opportunity for our young people to contribute the continual improvement of Kings Heath.”
For regular updates on Youth Watch you can follow the Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood team on Twitter @MoseleyKHeath