At the Community Advisory Panel meeting last week the local Police team updated us on the operations currently taking place to target anti social behaviour on the High Street and Church Street associated with the night time economy and street drinking. These are issues that are repeatedly raised by residents so we were pleased to see a coordinated attempt to tackle the problems and the team are having an impact.
The priorities were also set for the months ahead - focussing on cycling on the pavement; anti social behaviour on Smalley Road Estate, and the High Street.
We also discussed recent changes to policing at the meeting. Each
ward in London currently has its own Safer Neighbourhoods Team which is
responsible for neighbourhood focused policing. The details of our team are here. At the CAP it was confirmed that we have a new Sergeant for the team, though currently shared with two other wards. We understand that the plan for next year is for our team to have its own dedicated Sergeant again.
We've had serious concerns about any reductions to the numbers in Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Hackney - and Hackney Labour has pledged to campaign against any reductions. We understand that the
Metropolitan Police say they want to increase the number of PCs
committed to neighbourhood policing. This is to be delivered by moving
officers from the back office, cutting middle managers such as
inspectors and sergeants and continuing to recruit PCs from PCSO
ranks. We'll continue to keep you updated on these changes as we hear more.