Announcement of increase in police numbers welcomed

The Leader of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Steve Curran, and West Area BCU Commander, Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner have welcomed the announcement of an increase in police numbers.

Published: Thursday, 7th October 2021

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The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has announced an increase of 650 officers across London to focus on areas of high harm, driving down all forms of violent crime, including domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.


The public regularly ask for more visible policing presence in their local areas. Placing them in these locations is a really important part of how the Met is responding to helping communities feel and be safe. The extra officers will patrol at the times that will have the most impact on crime as well as on public safety, such as in the evenings.


The investment includes 19 new town centre teams across the busiest town centres. As a result, #Hounslow Town Centre will get a new, dedicated policing team, consisting of a Police Inspector, three Sergeants and 21 PC's.


The Inspector will provide leadership of Neighbourhood policing across the borough with the whole team dedicated to Hounslow town centre and environs, freeing up other resources to focus across the rest of the Borough.


Councillor Curran said, "This is really good news for Hounslow. Ours is a low-crime Borough, but this kind of investment in our Town Centres, with the knock-on it has for policing across the Borough, can only enhance security for our businesses and make residents feel ever more secure in our Town Centres. This is very welcome investment in the safety of Hounslow's businesses and residents.


Chief Superintendent Gardner said, “With new officers arriving into the BCU we are able to increase our presence in Hounslow town centre, engaging with the local community. We know that anti-social behaviour, violence and violent crime against women and girls is a concern for everyone and, working side by side with Hounslow council we aim to tackle these issues.”


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