Town centre team begins work in Ilford

Extra officers are out in Redbridge from today, Monday, February 14, as East Area Command launches its second Town Centre Team to bolster local policing.

The officers will patrol areas of high demand at the busiest times to tackle the issues that matter the most to Redbridge communities. Their duty times will support them having the greatest possible impact on crime and public safety and will form part of the Met’s mission to drive down violent crime.

Redbridge’s Town Centre Team will consist of 25 officers; 1 inspector, 3 sergeants and 21 police constables, which provides an opportunity to deal with many of the issues that matter to the local community, but specifically violence and harassment committed against women and girls.

Stephen Clayman, BCU Commander for Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham said: “This is great news for Ilford. We’ve got 25 officers whose job will be to make town centre safer, reassure our local community, and look after our residents, visitors and business owners.

“These officers will be supporting our Safer Neighbourhoods Team in suppressing violent crime, and using data gathered from our SaferStreets reporting mechanism to address areas where people feel that police presence is needed. I know that the community want to see more police officers on the beat, so please say hello when you see them.”

Mick Ferris

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