An inspector calls to announce new police priorities
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2012The Camden Police inspector set to head up a new force of police officers hit the streets of Camden Town today (13 March) to outline priorities for the new team.
Acting Chief Inspector Danny O’Connor met Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Abdul Hai to discuss the remit of the extra 16 police officers, who will begin patrolling in Camden Town from 1 April to keep people safe, reduce crime and tackle residents’ concerns.
Camden Council has invested £410,000 a year in the new full-time officers, as part of the Metropolitan Police's match funding scheme.
Councillor Abdul Hai said:
“We want to invest in a visible street presence in Camden Town to provide reassurance to all our communities and businesses at a time of turbulence and cuts by the government.
“We know the impact that Police Community Support Officers have had on crime reduction and tackling drug dealing in Camden Town. But there is more work to be done in these areas, as well as to stem the rise in robbery, theft and pick pocketing. This match funding offer from the police will mean we can do this year on year and in a value for money way.”
"Addressing problematic issues in Camden Town helps prevent them becoming a problem in the rest of the borough. Providing additional presence dedicated to Camden Town means that our Community Wardens can patrol other areas of the borough – including known areas of youth violence."
"We are and will always remain committed to making the borough safer for our residents, businesses and visitors."
Acting Chief Inspector Danny O’Connor said:
“This is another positive step forward for Camden Town. The new police officers will target these areas and drive down crime that will have knock-on benefits across Camden to make it an even safer borough.”
“We will focus the uniformed presence in Camden Town around peak times covering shopping areas and transport links as this will have the greatest impact to tackling crime and making people feel safe.”
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