Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Policing Model Launched in Redbridge

The day, Monday 16th September 2013, has finally arrived and the new Policing Model in Redbridge is up and running after a long gestation period where it seemed to change daily like the one on page 3 of The Sun.

We (residents, businesses and visitors) will be seeing some changes to the way policing services are delivered across the borough, indeed across the capital. Our ward based Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) will have “a stronger focus on local crime prevention, investigation and reduction of anti-social behaviour, cutting the crime that can affect our quality of life and responding quickly to community concerns”. Although their numbers have been reduced to one shared Sergeant, one Constable and one support officer, they are now backed up by a much larger Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) which covers er, well, a Neighbourhood – that is a collection of wards.

Basically the Police have finally realised that criminals do not operate evenly over all wards - which are essentially artificial political constructs with meaningless boundaries. So they have introduced some operational flexibility into the system whereby the Inspector in charge of a Neighbourhood will have the ability to target extra resources to where the problems and concerns are. Hopefully we can now get back to some stability, consistency and continuity with officers living up to the logo - Local Police, Local Knowledge.
Police Borough Commander for Redbridge, Sue Williams said: “Visibility and being able to access officers is the key to policing. Our new Neighbourhood policing teams will be increased in size to deal with local issues. We understand the misery that can be caused to residents by low level crime and anti-social behaviour. The new Neighbourhood Policing Teams will investigate those crimes and deal proactively to target offenders and bring them to justice. Each Ward will have dedicated officers and PCSOs to build on the success of Safer Neighbourhood Teams."
"Our public consultations were well attended and helpful to enable us to establish new contact points that will be relevant to the Public and enable officers to deal with local issues during peak hours. The Borough will have four such contact points."
"Local communities and businesses will benefit from a more visible police presence that will increase safety, reduce crime and improve confidence and satisfaction for our communities. These changes are good news for Redbridge and working together with our partners and communities, the future looks very positive for the Borough”
Wanstead Police Station is now closed and the revised opening times for Redbridge counter services that took effect from 16th September 2013 are:
  • Ilford Police Station will be open 24/7.
  • Barkingside Police Station will be open Monday to Friday from 7am to 11pm but closed each weekend.
New contact points will be open where the public can speak to an officer between 7-8pm each Wednesday and Thursday. Or between 2-3pm each Saturday. Redbridge contact points can be found at:
  • Elder House Community Centre, Green Lane, Ilford
  • Fencepiece Road Police Office, 127 Fencepiece Road, Barkingside, IG6 2LD
  • Wanstead House, 21 The Green, Wanstead, E11 2NT
  • Woodford Police Station, 509 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0SR.
Redbridge has been split into 3 Neighbourhoods as follows:
  • North and West - consisting of Bridge, Church End, Fairlop, Fulwell, Hainault, Monkhams, Roding, Snaresbrook and Wanstead wards under the command of Inspector Jack Rainey. That Areas 1, 2 and 3 in council speak.
  • Central - consisting of Aldborough, Barkingside, Chadwell, Clayhall, Goodmayes, Newbury and Seven Kings wards under the command of Inspector Clive Darvill. That’s Areas 4 and 5 plus Newbury in council speak.
  • South - consisting of Clementswood, Cranbrook, Loxford, Mayfield and Valentines wards under the command of Inspector Bob Lands. That’s Area 6 plus two thirds of Area 7 in council speak.
Understanding the concerns and needs of victims of crime, the community, and local businesses here in Redbridge is paramount on the Policing agenda. If you have any concerns about crime in your area please don’t hesitate to contact your Safer Neighbourhoods Team or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There is an Open Day at Barkingside Police Station this coming Sunday 22nd September where Police are inviting the public to look 'behind the scenes' at the site, in Barkingside High Street, between 10am and 4pm. Residents will get the chance to talk to senior officers about policing in their neighbourhood, while seeing some of the specialist equipment and resources the Met uses.

Anyone interested in crime reduction should register at the Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch website. You don't have to be a watch, it is for everybody.

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