Number of neighbourhood police officers walking the beat in Tower Hamlets set to double

Tower Hamlets is to receive twenty new police officers as a result of the Mayor of London’s decision to double the number of dedicated Police Officers for each ward. The change, which will be fully introduced by the end of the next year, will mean every council ward in Tower Hamlets will have two dedicated Police Officers and a Community Support Officer focused on protecting the area.

The officers will be based in and dedicated to the area, meaning they cannot be removed to carry out duties elsewhere.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, welcomed the announcement saying:

“This is a massive investment by the new London Mayor in neighbourhood policing after misguided cuts under Boris Johnson. Tower Hamlets was one of the first places in the country to trial Safer Neighbourhood Teams and we know just how effective they can be.

“These strengthened local police teams will mean more officers on the beat in local communities, and will work in partnership with our enforcement teams and other agencies reassuring the public, improving safety and also clamping down on crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“As Mayor, the safety and security of all Londoners is my first priority and this starts with real neighbourhood policing. I am very pleased to be able to announce the first significant step towards this, with a second dedicated PC in every London ward.

“Our local officers should be known both to the community and by the community. Their local knowledge helps to prevent and detect crime, and they are the local eyes and ears of our security services. They are essential to improving trust and confidence in our police and keeping our communities safe.”

Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor for Community Safety, Cllr Shiria Khatun, said:

“These extra officers will make a big difference in the fight against crime in Tower Hamlets. Residents often tell us crime and anti-social behaviour are their top priorities, it’s good to be able to show we are listening and taking action which will make a real difference.”

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