Neighbourhood Policing in Brent and Harrow

Meeting: 
MQT on 2005-04-16
Session date: 
April 16, 2005
Reference: 
2005/0677
Question By: 
Bob Blackman
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The rollout of neighbourhood policing is very welcome in both Brent and Harrow however, there has been disquiet about police being removed from areas without the new arrangements and being allocated to the areas with neighbourhood policing. Please provide details of the numbers of police who have been moved in Brent & Harrow from normal police duties to take over the neighbourhood policing in the chosen areas.

Answer

Answer for Neighbourhood Policing in Brent and Harrow

Answer for Neighbourhood Policing in Brent and Harrow

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The expansion of the Safer Neighbourhood Programme is a priority and I have agreed a budget allocation for the MPA that will fund eight teams in each borough. The MPA have stated that all these teams will be in place by spring 2005. Each Safer Neighbourhood Team consists of one sergeant, two constables and three PCSOs. For the five new teams this equates to a commitment of five sergeants and ten constables to these in each borough. In terms of overall police numbers in these boroughs, Brent had 592 police officers in January 2001 and by January 2005 numbers had risen to 706. In Harrow, the number rose from 301 in January 2001, to 364 in January 2005. The MPA/MPS inform me that in Brent the police officers allocated to the five new five Safer Neighbourhood wards overwhelmingly previously served on Brent's 24/7 response teams. These officers have, or are being replaced by new officers joining the Borough, funded through the budget increase. Overall borough strength in Brent has increased under the new MPS resource allocation formula. Brent borough police has also introduced four Safer School Partnerships officers covering all the secondary schools in the Brent. Brent Borough also has enhanced PCSO numbers, working both on Safer Neighbourhoods wards and with the problem solving team in the North of the borough. The PCSOs provide enhanced visibility, community reassurance and increased intelligence.In Harrow, five police officers have been relocated to the Safer Neighbourhood areas from the current borough strength. The officers were previously employed in other forms of community policing before the safer neighbourhood rollout. The Safer Neighbourhood Teams will incorporate the duties undertaken by the community police into their activities, so there will be no loss of service to local residents.