Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, joined officers from the Newham Police in Plashet Park on Friday 3rd March, to help spread the news about the new Safer Neighbourhoods Teams that are being set up throughout Newham. Over the coming months every neighbourhood in Newham will get their own dedicated team of officers, giving local people a greater say in deciding policing priorities and allowing the police to develop solutions to long-term community problems.
Safer Neighbourhoods is a new initiative from the Metropolitan Police, which will allow local people to work with their local police officers to tackle issues of concern in their neighbourhood. Each Safer Neighbourhood Team will consist of a one sergeant, two constables and three police community support officers (PCSOs), who will be permanently based in the community that they serve. Each team is dedicated to the meeting the needs of their specific neighbourhood, with the policing priorities for that area decided in partnership with the public, the local authority, and other local organisations.
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams are assigned according to the boundaries of each of London's electoral wards, and there are already several Teams operating in Newham. Mr Timms joined Sergeant Shane Davies and the members of the East Ham North Safer Neighbourhoods Team, as they spoke to passing members of the public in Plashet Park about this initiative, and asked for their views on the policing priorities for the area.
Mr Timms said "Safer Neighbourhoods means that every area of Newham will soon have its own team of police officers - based in the community day-in and day-out - that local people can get to know by name. These officers will be working with local people to tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, abandoned cars and litter, which I know damage the quality of life of many Newham residents. I hope that local people will choose to get involved with the Safer Neighbourhoods initiative, and make all of our communities safer - and more pleasant - places to live."