Operation aims to make nights safer in Tamworth town centre 

December 1, 2015

A SAFETY campaign aimed at providing useful help and information, as well as reducing crime, will be taking to the streets of Tamworth on two nights in December.

Operation Super Safer Nights will take place on Saturday December 5 and Friday December 18 and will see staff from organisations – including Tamworth Borough Council, police, fire service, domestic abuse groups and drug & alcohol counselling services –  patrolling the streets of Tamworth town centre from 6pm until 10pm.

The operation is aimed at informing and educating revellers about how to stay safe, while at the same time supporting the town’s night-time economy by making Tamworth a much safer place to be at night.

The police run Operation Safer Nights every weekend throughout the year. The aim of the campaign is to interact with night-time revellers to ensure that people can enjoy a night out without fear of crime or disorder. It runs throughout the night until the early hours of the morning.

Operation Super Safer Nights builds on that work throughout the year and involves a number of partner organisations joining together for a high-profile education and information event.

It will run from 6pm to 10pm, after which time, the police’s Operation Safer Nights will continue.

During Operation Super Safer Nights, a base will be set up in St Editha’s Square as a focal point where people can get help and advice on a range of services including domestic abuse, sexual health services, drug & alcohol counselling and general safety advice.

Police officers will also be available and are encouraging people to go along and speak to them.

Staff in the CCTV control room will be monitoring the streets of the town centre and will be in constant communication with the organisations involved to alert them to unfolding situations.

Similar events just before Christmas in previous years have been highly successful, with around 200 people each year spoken to or asking for information.

Cabinet member for Community Development, Cllr Stephen Doyle, said: “Operation Super Safer Nights aims to make people more aware of their safety when they are out for the night. Tamworth is a safe place to be at night and this operation will help to show people to huge amount of work which goes into ensuring that safety.

“It builds on the great work carried out by the police done in the town centre throughout the year with Operation Safer Nights and I am pleased that we are able to support this event.”