Street Marshals support over 1,200 people in six months

The team help to keep vulnerable people safe and are an extra uniformed presence on city streets.
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A team of Newcastle City Council street marshals on patrol.

More than 1,200 people have received safety advice and support from a team of Street Marshals in Newcastle over the last six months.

Newcastle City Council deploys its team of marshals in the city centre, Byker, Jesmond and the West End on Fridays and Saturday nights.

The officers also occasionally carry out daytime patrols throughout the week and are deployed when big events are held in the city.

The team offers an additional uniformed presence on the streets and provides friendly support, advice and assistance to the public.

They also safeguard vulnerable people and help them to get home safely or refer them to other agencies if they require further support.

Since October last year, the officers have engaged with 1,204 people while carrying out patrols across the city.

Cllr Paula Maines, Cabinet member for a Resilient City at Newcastle City Council, said: “I am immensely proud of our team of Street Marshals who consistently excel in helping to keep our communities safe.

“The officers work tirelessly to ensure people can enjoy their night out safely, while also being on hand to respond quickly to incidents and provide support if they have any concerns that someone may be in a difficult situation.

“It is great to see the team is having such a positive impact in our communities and continues to play an important role in making Newcastle the vibrant and welcoming place we all want it to be.”

The Street Marshals are supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Streets Fund.

The team is made up of council officers from a range of services, including Community Safety and Resilience and Parking Services.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “Everyone has the right to head out at night and feel safe - but we have to accept sometimes they don’t.

“This is why I have funded marshals across the city, as part of a raft of ongoing work, to provide an extra and very welcome resource on top of policing efforts.

“This is about making sure we are doing all we can to help keep people safe, look out for the vulnerable, and reduce crime in our communities.

“It’s clear from these results and from what residents are telling me - these marshals are having a really positive impact reaching people with help and support when they might need it, and offering that extra visible presence we are all pleased to see.”