Last week I sat down for an interview at Walsall Police Station. As this is something that I do frequently you’d be forgiven for thinking that in itself, this is nothing particularly interesting.
What set this interview apart was that rather than asking the questions I was on the receiving end. I was sat in one of the interview rooms at the station answering questions about criminal activity in the Walsall area. What exactly was going on?
For anyone who’s not seen the WS5 Blog it’s well worth checking out, especially if you live in the Bescot, Tame Bridge or Yew Tree areas of Walsall. It’s what fashionable media types call a ‘hyperlocal‘ blog as it focuses exclusively on a small geographical area and is written for the benefit of the people living in, or concerned with, that area. It’s running along similar lines to Brownhills Bob’s very popular Brownhills Blog which too is well worth a look, even if you don’t live in Brownhills.
My chat with Dean was scheduled to last around half an hour but in the end actually ran to over an hour and a half, such is my ability to waffle on about crime and policing! Dean has recorded the interview and uploaded it to his SoundCloud profile, thankfully editing it into bite size chunks for easier listening.
Without further delay* then, here is the interview for your listening pleasure!
Part 1 – What does a response officer do?
Part 2 – What does a typical day consist of?
Part 3 – How does social media help policing?
Part 4 – Current issues and objectives leading up to Christmas
Part 5 – Are cuts impacting policing over the Christmas period?
Part 6 – What are we doing to tackle metal thefts?
Part 7 – How can I keep my house and car safe over Christmas?
Part 8 – Christmas drink drive campaign and what happens after being stopped for drunk driving
Part 9 – How West Midlands Police are looking to reduce anti-social behaviour over Christmas
Part 10 – Neighbourhood Watch and how people can get involved with the work of the police
Part 11 – Reporting crime via Crimestoppers
Part 12 – Policing during the August Riots
Part 13 – How to beat bogus callers
If interviews like this are something that you’d like to see us doing more often then please let us know as I felt it was very worthwhile and would be happy to look at doing something similar again in the future.
Thanks again to Dean for taking the time to come down and talk with me and again, I’d encourage you to take a look at the WS5 Blog and its Twitter stream if you’re interested in learning more about what is happening in the Bescot area.
* You may experience further delay if you’re reading this blog on a phone made by a popular type of fruit and it decides it doesn’t fancy displaying Flash content. If the sound files don’t load above or are a little slow please try looking at this page on your desktop computer or instead go direct to Dean’s SoundCloud profile and try there.