On Monday, Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, was at the official opening of the new Beckton Safer Neighbourhoods Team base, in the Beckton Asda complex. He has been pressing for this for some years. The launch was attended by Christine Bowden, Deputy Mayor of Newham, Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury, Sgt Julian Allen of the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team and representatives of Newham Police and local Neighbourhood Watch organisations.
The base will be home to the East Ham South Safer Neighbourhoods Team, as well as the Beckton team. It will be staffed by two Sergeants, four Police Constables, and four Police Community Support Officers, and will be operational between 8.00am and 11.00pm. It is not a front counter police station, but residents will be able to drop in by appointment. The Beckton team used to be in an accessible office at the edge of the Excel Centre.
Safer Neighbourhoods teams aim to be highly visible on patrol, and take part in community initiatives to prevent crime and solve it at a grassroots level. Details of local teams are on the Metropolitan Police website at www.met.police.uk/teams/newham/index.php! The site also offers information on local policing priorities and public meeting dates for residents to discuss their concerns with their Safer Neighbourhoods officers.
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP said: “I am delighted that the plans for the new base have finally come to fruition. Local residents have pressed for this for years, and had a long wait. I am particularly grateful for Asda’s strong support, and patience while the funds were being put together. The new base makes community policing far more accessible to local people – and much more visible to would-be crooks.”