A Lichfield business initiative has been recognised for its work to fight crime.
Lichfield Townsafe has been formally accredited by umbrella organisation Partnerships Against Business Crime in Staffordshire (PABCIS).
The scheme sees members from both the daytime and night-time economy work together to help prevent town centre crime and disorder by sharing information with each other, police and other bodies.
The fight against business crime has been spearheaded by Staffordshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold.
She said: “It’s fantastic that criminals’ ill-gotten gains are being ploughed back into crime-fighting initiatives in our town and city centres.
“I wholeheartedly support the work that Lichfield Townsafe is doing in the city. They’ve worked hard to receive the PABCIS accreditation which will benefit businesses in the town centres and members of the public who use them.”
PABCIS coordinator Julie Davies said partnerships were crucial in tackling problems.
“Businesses form the life blood of our town centres, and so it is important that partnerships work together to help to create a safe and secure environment for all those who work, visit and invest in the district,” she said.
“Lichfield Townsafe has worked hard during the last two years in order to achieve the standard laid down by PABCIS. I am delighted with the progress, and look forward to working with the partnership in order to develop this further across the area.”