Havering Council-funded police officers hit the streets

Five new council-funded bobbies on the beat have arrived in Havering.

The officers will work as part of the borough’s new enforcement and safety team, ensuring that there is a consistent presence on the streets and that resources are being used in the best way to tackle crime and disorder.

The new team will:

  • Lead on joint enforcement operations across the borough.
  • Target offending behaviour whilst supporting victims and reducing repeat victimisation.
  • Be intelligence-led and tasked to tackle identified crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots.
  • Undertake tactical interventions to prevent and detect offences to reduce fear of crime and make residents feel safer.
  • Support the Council’s enforcement services and other agencies in tackling crime and disorder issues in Havering.
  • Improve enforcement of legislation such as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) and the Unlawful Encampment injunction that is in place to prevent associated crime and anti-social behaviour.

Since starting in early January, the new officers have arrested 11 people including wanted burglars and suspected drug dealers, whilst also seizing 16 stolen vehicles. A recent burglary operation alongside Metropolitan Police and Essex Police saw 13 further arrests, six stolen vehicles recovered and further intelligence gathered.

The council-funded officers are based in Hornchurch Police Station, concentrating their efforts solely on Havering to tackle issues that are important to local people. In order to do this, the officers will be ring-fenced from Metropolitan Police duties such as policing football matches and local events.

They may, however, be used by the Metropolitan Police on high demand days for public order issues or in cases of emergency.

Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White, said: “These are Havering police officers, paid by Havering, for Havering. Their work, as part of our new enforcement and safety team, will allow us to prioritise and allocate resources to tackle the issues that need an immediate response and clamp down on crime in our community.

“Whether it is the threat of violent crime, or the concern of antisocial behaviour, we are listening to residents’ concerns. Our commitment to put extra police officers on our streets, as well as our close working relationship with the Metropolitan Police, is crucial in making Havering an even safer place to live.”

The investment of around £300,000 a year for the next three years will give an increased police presence in the community and see the new officers working alongside existing police officers and other partners to tackle anti-social behaviour and target law enforcement.

The council is able to pay for more policing under a new scheme called Partnership Plus, introduced by the Metropolitan Police in February 2019. Under the scheme, the council will be able to explore additional funding with other partners.

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Mick Ferris

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