Monday July 16, 2012
I apologise that it has been some time since you heard from me as I had been waiting for some clarification on possible major changes to neighbourhood policing. As best as I can tell, nothing will now change until at least 2013.
For the moment I’d like to cover several points:
Last month saw the retirement of Inspector Dave Rees who had been our main police contact for a number of years. We wish Dave well for the future and I’d like to welcome Inspector Dean Campbell who has now taken on this role.
The latest crime figures for the Borough are encouraging and if we compare the categories below, April – June 2012 to the same period in 2011 we can see the following reductions:
Street Crime: -9.3%
Theft of MV: -20.0%
Theft from MV: -14.5%
I recognise that whilst this is good news in general it does mask some wards in the Borough where there has been an increase in crime rates. We will be working with the police to identify ‘hot spots’ and hopefully put remedial action plans in place.
With the Olympics now nearly upon us we have been told that whilst police resources will certainly be committed to Olympic duties there should be no reduction in staffing at our local SNTs. Clearly the next several weeks will see a busy London and I believe it is important that we, as co-ordinators, help to keep an eye on what is happening in our neighbourhoods. Please don’t forget that if a crime is being committed, or you suspect one is about to be committed, call 999. To report a crime or discuss less immediate matters call 101. Contact details for your SNTs can be found on our website.
The Council also has a dedicated page on their web site giving up to date information on how the Olympics will affect the Borough, particularly road closures and traffic restrictions.
The link is www.lbhf.gov.uk/london2012.
A date for your diary is the evening of Tuesday September 18 when we will be holding our AGM. The Borough Commander, Lucy D’Orsi, will be there to answer any questions you may have. A formal invitation will be sent to you in mid-August.
I appreciate that NHW only works through your efforts as co-ordinators and for most of this year you may have felt that this is a lonely role. I hope that as the police (SNTs) settle into their post-Olympic patterns we will be able to be more active ‘from the centre’ in supporting you. As always, if you have any comments or concerns please email me here and I will respond to you.
In the meantime, if it ever stops raining, I wish you an enjoyable summer and hopefully a successful medal haul for Team GB.
Chair, HFNHW Borough Association