Friday, 30 November 2012

Neighbourhood policing changes in Hackney

Just recieved an update on the new model of neighbourhood policing that will be introduced across London.

Police numbers and the budget for Hackney are still not clear.  The Met say they want to increase the number of PCs committed to neighbourhood policing - to be delivered by moving officers from the back office, cutting middle managers such as inspectros and sergeants and continuing to recuit PCs from PCSO ranks.  

Each SNT should have 1 Sergeant, 2 PCs and 2 PCSOs - which in our ward means one less PCSO.  Some sergeants will be shared between wards - though I understand this is not the case for Hackney Downs. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Hackney Downs CAP meeting November

At our bi-monthly meeting with the local police - known as the CAP meeting - the team reported back on their current strength.

We are currently one sergeant and one PCSO down - leaving us with two PCs and two PCSOs. The team are doing the best they can to cope and CAP Chair Bob Herring has written to the Chief Inspector to raise our concerns.

We have been informed that the team will be brought back up to strength at least in terms of recruiting a new sergeant.

In the long term the Met is bringing in a new policing model which is intended to retain neighbourhood policing strength by allocating officers from specialist units to response and safer neighbourhoods teams. We have yet to see how exactly this will affect our local policing but we will keep a close eye on developments.

At the CAP I raised concerns about vehicle crime which anecdotally has been on the rise in our ward.