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The Staines-upon-Thames BID Rangers are funded by local businesses through the BID levy. They are employed to work at weekends and every school holiday, providing additional security and positive reassurance for the public as well as working with and responding to local businesses, many of whom operate the Stai-Safe radio scheme in Staines-upon-Thames which connects businesses and is a means of sharing crime intelligence and alerting the BID Rangers and security teams at the two shopping centres. Last night the BID Ranger project was recognised by Surrey Police as helping to largely reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
Police Sergeant Paul Grinter said, “Since their implementation the BID Rangers have shown themselves to be innovative, engaging and proactive in the pursuit of offenders and in the supporting of victims. What has surprised the Spelthorne Police Neighbourhoods Team the most is the BID Rangers attitude and way of speaking to young people who are causing offence in the town. They manage to effortlessly balance encouraging youths to realise the implications of their actions with allowing them to feel that they are also valued members of the local community and hence gaining their respect. From preventing youths from cycling on the high street to being first on scene to hate related incidents, first aid emergencies and being a walking talking signpost, the BID Rangers have become a valuable resource for crime prevention and reassurance in Staines-Upon-Thames town centre”.
Pictured Joanna Hall, BID Board Member and Centre Manager for Two Rivers with Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Burton.