More PCs to be in­tro­duced across cap­i­tal

Lon­don mayor an­nounces ma­jor plan

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

A SEC­OND ded­i­cated po­lice con­sta­ble will be in­tro­duced in ev­ery Lon­don ward by the end of 2017.

The polic­ing change, made by Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan, kick­starts a com­mu­nity and neigh­bour­hood polic­ing plan hop­ing to ‘put the cap­i­tal’s com­mu­ni­ties at the heart’.

An­nounced on Thurs­day July 21, the de­ci­sion aims to build trust be­tween Lon­don­ers and their po­lice of­fi­cers.

Com­mis­sioner of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe said: “I’m de­lighted that we have agreed with the mayor to start to in­crease the num­ber of ded­i­cated ward of­fi­cers in the next few months. I have long said that neigh­bour­hood polic­ing, and the strong links it gives us to our com­mu­ni­ties, is the bedrock upon which all our work is based – that’s why we in­creased the num­bers of of­fi­cers work­ing in our neigh­bour­hood teams in re­cent years.

“The an­nounce­ment of more ded­i­cated ward of­fi­cers means that those links can be strength­ened even fur­ther.”

The mayor and the com­mis­sioner said all of Lon­don’s 629 wards will have two ded­i­cated ward PCs and a ded­i­cated po­lice com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cer by the end of next year.

More than half of Lon­don is said to ben­e­fit by the end of this year, with 260 newly ded­i­cated ward of­fi­cers in place across all bor­oughs by Christ­mas.

The boost has been wel­comed af­ter au­tumn 2015 saw dis­cus­sions of 649 PCSO roles be­ing scrapped, be­fore the com­mis­sioner said they would re­main as part of the polic­ing team.

The Mayor of Lon­don said: “As mayor, the safety and se­cu­rity of all Lon­don­ers is my first pri­or­ity and this starts with real neigh­bour­hood polic­ing.

“To­day, I am very pleased to be able to an­nounce the first sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards this, with a sec­ond ded­i­cated PC in ev­ery Lon­don ward.

“Our lo­cal of­fi­cers should be known both to the com­mu­nity and by the com­mu­nity. Their lo­cal knowl­edge helps to pre­vent and de­tect crime, and they are the lo­cal eyes and ears of our se­cu­rity ser­vices. They are es­sen­tial to im­prov­ing trust and con­fi­dence in our po­lice and keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safe.”

The newly ded­i­cated ward of­fi­cers will be drawn from ex­ist­ing nonded­i­cated neigh­bour­hood roles, and will be ‘ringfenced’ from be­ing called away to other du­ties.

At the mo­ment there is just one ded­i­cated PC and one ded­i­cated PCSO in most wards.

ON THE BEAT: More po­lice con­sta­bles will be on the streets of Lon­don

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