Borough to Have More Bobbies on the Beat
Costs paid by council and local businesses
Hammersmith and Fulham is to have more bobbies on the beat, as the council teams up with local businesses to give the service a £5 million boost.
The council is investing £1.3million a year, with local firms adding an extra £350,000 a year.
The cash is being used to boost the standard Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNT) in the borough’s three town centres.
Each of these teams normally consist of one Sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs and are paid for by the Mayor of London.
Now the PCSOs, who are funded by the Mayor of London will remain, but they will be joined by two more Inspectors, four extra Sergeants and 38 additional PCs working across our town centres.
Cllr Greg Smith, Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council Cabinet Member for Residents Services, says: "We have found a way to improve our town centre squads by putting more PCs onto the front-line than ever before. This will give us some of the best Policed town centres in Britain."
As part of the agreement, Westfield London is also paying around £750,000 over three years to provide a permanent onsite police team with high visibility patrols inside the shopping centre. As well as acting on ward priorities the enhanced Shepherds Bush SNT will deter property crime and anti-social behaviour inside the centre.
Westfield London is Europe’s largest inner-city shopping centre with 26 million visitors a year but is one of the safest, with a monthly average of less than 80 crimes.
Emma Hindes, General Manager at Westfield London, says: "Westfield London is part of the local community and we are pleased to be contributing to ensuring the area remains safe and secure for residents and shoppers alike. We have worked closely with the council and the Metropolitan Police on this initiative and we feel it will benefit not only the shopping centre but the wider area."
HammersmithLondon Business Improvement District, which represents businesses around Hammersmith Broadway, is also ploughing in around £100,000 to help fund additional officers in the ward.
Brenhan Magee, Chairman of Fulham Pubwatch and owner of the Broadway Bar & Grill, says:
" We have all worked very hard together over the past few years and the Broadway is now a much nicer place to be."
June 30, 2011