Photo: Sefton Emergency Response Team outside Southport Police Station this afternoon, Friday 14 October 2016
Sefton Emergency Response Team will tackle anti-social behaviour in Southport
It’s official Southport now has it’s own private emergency response team that will be on hand 24 hours a day.
A spokesperson from the fully licensed ‘S.E.R.T’ team told OTSNews.co.uk: “Southport has suffered years of anti-social behavior and Merseyside police are more stretched than ever, so we will be equipped with cameras, CCTV vehicles and guard dogs to tackle the problem head on.
“Our team of highly trained experts also offer; Neighbourhood Watch, 24 hour CCTV Monitoring System, Crowd Control, Dog Unit, First Aid”
“If you require our services please do not hesitate calling us 0739 809 9526”
Hugh Evans (Southport BID) We are dismayed to hear of plans being made for a ‘private army’ in Southport. We are opposed to this idea, firmly believing this is the wrong approach and an over the top reaction to the issue of anti-social behaviour in our town.
It’s an unilateral action undertaken without consultation with ourselves, Sefton Council or the police. Among many potential flaws is that it could send out completely the wrong message and could potentially damage Southport’s reputation as a family-friendly resort.
This heavy-handed approach will simply detract from the hard work that is already being done to tackle issues to do with crime & antisocial behaviour. Southport BID is working proactively with Merseyside Police and Sefton Council to tackle the issues.
The increased patrols we requested earlier in the year were successful and our Business Against Crime network continues to deliver results. We would strongly advise businesses to think carefully before becoming involved in this scheme and others like it.
It is thought the first wave of security guards could be in Southport later this month.
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