Put trust in po­lice over public safety

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - IN­SPEC­TOR ANDY LEWIS Hilling­don Bor­ough OCU East Neigh­bour­hoods

I AM the In­spec­tor re­spon­si­ble for policing Hayes. I have read a let­ter sent to your pa­per by a mem­ber of the public and feel that I must re­spond.

A few week­ends ago an in­ci­dent did oc­cur in McDonald’s in­volv­ing a small group of young males and, yes, a few days later another as­sault did oc­cur.

Nei­ther in­ci­dent is gang-re­lated and there are no iden­ti­fied gangs or gang re­lated is­sues in Hayes Town.

We are work­ing closely with the McDonald’s man­age­ment and staff to en­sure that it is a safe place for you to go and eat.

The store is now clos­ing ear­lier, is turn­ing its Wi-Fi off in the af­ter­noons, chang­ing its mu­sic and has power sock­ets turned off, which were be­ing used by youths to charge their phones.

This has all been done in con­sul­ta­tion with McDonald’s, the lo­cal au­thor­ity and us.

We have de­vel­oped an ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the McDonald’s man­age­ment and are work­ing to­gether closely with schools and po­lice of­fi­cers to iden­tify any per­sons re­spon­si­ble for anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the restau­rant. Once iden­ti­fied, ban­ning or­ders and com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion warn­ings will be is­sued and, if nec­es­sary, we will seek the as­sis­tance of Hilling­don Bor­ough Coun­cil to en­force any breaches of ten­ancy agree­ments by those who act anti-so­cially.

The Hayes Neigh­bour­hood Policing team put a lot of ef­fort into policing your area and crime is down, but we need you to help us and we can only re­spond to what peo­ple tell us.

A com­mon theme is for peo­ple to say that they don’t bother to call the po­lice be­cause noth­ing ever hap­pens. I would say ‘how can we act on what we do not know?’ .

My staff are ded­i­cated to mak­ing Hayes a safe and happy place – we are there but need your help with policing your com­mu­nity.

We run reg­u­lar drop-in surg­eries where of­fi­cers are free to dis­cuss your is­sues; un­for­tu­nately hardly any­body talks to them.

They are in reg­u­lar con­tact with their coun­cil­lors re­gard­ing is­sues and work in part­ner­ship with other agen­cies to com­bat anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

We act on the in­for­ma­tion we re­ceive and have had great suc­cess when you have given us in­for­ma­tion – an ex­am­ple be­ing last week when we ex­e­cuted three drugs war­rants and seized a con­sid­er­able amount of Cass A drugs.

The credit for this goes to you, not my staff.

Please talk to us and please trust that my staff are do­ing their jobs well.

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