Thursday December 19, 2013
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your support for NHW during the past year.
Clearly it has been a year of significant change in the way that the Met have organised their policing with the introduction of the Local Policing Model (LPM). During the consultation stage, in the early part of the year, I know that a number of you expressed reservations with regard to neighbourhood policing.
The ‘old’ SNT of 1 Sergeant, 2/3 PCs and 2/3 PCSOs was to be replaced by 1 named Sergeant and a dedicated PC and PCSO. This reduction in numbers was set against claims of improved neighbourhood policing with more police available. At face value a contradictory statement!
In the summer it became clear that there was a difference in definitions of neighbourhood with the Met defining a neighbourhood as between 5 to 9 Wards (in the case of H&F we have two police neighbourhoods – North and South) whereas we, the community, see a neighbourhood as the more immediate area in which we live.
On the upside the LPM does give the Borough Commander more flexibility in deploying resource to identified crime hotspots and trends, which makes sense. On the downside the remaining police presence in a Ward is thinner on the ground and with sickness and holidays, less resilient.
The new model has now been running for six months with, it would seem, reasonably positive results. Crime figures continue to fall (though, if the press is to be believe there are worrying trends on the horizon) and in a number of Wards the ‘new’ local team have made good steps to get to know NHW Coordinators and support us.
Talking of support, I would like to thank Pat Cosgrave and his group (Chris Reynolds, Gerald Hyder, Camilla McBrearty, and Simon Paterson) at the Council’s Community Safety Unit for all their help and contribution to the growth of NHW in H&F. In July I was asked to make a presentation at City Hall to all London Boroughs on NHW and it was interesting from the comments I received that we are one of the leading Boroughs in the development of NHW.
2014 promises to be an exciting year with the introduction of a Safer Neighbourhood Board (SNB) and associated community groupings to facilitate it. More information will be circulated in the New Year with, I believe, an important role for NHW.
NHW is defined by its Coordinators and again I would like to thank you.
I hope you have a great holiday season and please check (and pass on) our website www.hfnhw.org.uk for updates and crime prevention tips.
With best wishes
Chair, H&F NHW Borough Association