Community safety patrols increased in Barking and Dagenham

Anti-social behaviour patrols have been increased in Barking and Dagenham following resident complaints about the number of officers on the streets.

Council officers will be out more frequently in Barking Town Centre and Broad Street in Dagenham, the Town Hall said.

The increased patrols follow a consultation on the Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which cover the areas.

PSPOs can be put in place when there are problems with anti-social behaviour or issues that are detrimental to the community and they give officers increased powers to issue fines and move people along.

The consultation found residents believed more officers needed to be on the streets.

On Friday the council’s Community Safety Team were out in Barking Town Centre with the Safer Transport Police and issued one fine and two warnings for begging.

Andy Opie, operational director for community safety, said: “PSPOs play a huge role in combatting antisocial behaviour, so I was really pleased when residents agreed with us to renew the ones in Barking Town Centre and Broad Street.

“We consulted with residents as they’re the ones who are walking the streets, so it is really important that we get their input. I hope residents feel that we have listened to their suggestions and acted on them by increasing signage and enforcement patrols.”

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter