West Midlands police command centre opens


A £1.2m transport command centre has been unveiled in the West Midlands.

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the new unit in Birmingham on Monday.

Police said the Safer Travel Command Centre would be used to target crime and anti-social behaviour on the West Midlands bus, tram and rail network.

Up to 79 officers and specialist staff from West Midlands and British Transport Police are expected to be stationed there.

It means the command centre will be the first in UK to have officers from a regional force based alongside transport police, according to the Safer Travel Partnership.

The centre will monitor live CCTV feeds from more than 800 cameras across the region.

Staff from regional transport authority Centro will also be based at the unit and will work alongside police.

The Safer Travel Partnership said the new command centre would allow "greater co-ordination, more efficient use of resources" and "a seamless policing response to passengers in the West Midlands".

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