Police in Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon join forces as part of Met changes to local policing
Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2018
Today, local officers from Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon have joined forces as part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s introduction of Basic Command Units (BCUs).
Local police will come together to share people, buildings and resources across borough boundaries.
The BCUs will deliver the same core local policing functions - neighbourhoods, emergency response, CID and safeguarding - but in a more consistent way across the capital. Every ward in London will retain their two Dedicated Ward Officers and a PCSO.
The Met is changing the way it helps safeguard vulnerable people by investing more resources in preventing and investigating domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse.
They are introducing 'multi-agency hubs' where police officers and child safeguarding professionals from other organisations will sit side-by-side. This means all safeguarding referrals about children will be made through the same team, improving joint working and information sharing to protect London's most vulnerable.
Each BCU will be led by a Chief Superintendent who will be the BCU Commander. In Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon the BCU Commander is Chief Superintendent Paul Martin. He said: “I am extremely proud and honoured to have been appointed as the BCU Commander for the West Area.
“This is a very exciting time for me and policing of the capital in general. The amalgamation of specialist departments into BCU’s which will now be co-located with our partners will provide an enhanced, cohesive service to the most vulnerable people of west London. It also means that resources will be able to flex across the BCU instantly as demand dictates, whilst still maintaining our commitment to local policing spearheaded by our Safer Neighbourhoods Teams.”
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The new policing model, Basic Command Units (BCUs) for Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon commenced today.
“I have been involved in direct talks with Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden and Senior Officers from MPS. I have also attended operational meetings with other Leaders and Chief Executives of the three boroughs with Paul Martin, Chief Superintendent BCU Commander and these meetings have been very positive.
“It is vital that we all work together to ensure that this change is a success and as a Council we are committed to this. There may be some teething issues but that is expected from a major change in how policing is delivered to our three boroughs.
“I wish Chief Superintendent, Paul Martin and his team success in their new roles and I look forward to working with them”.
The BCU model was tested in two areas between January to September 2017. This saw Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering boroughs; and Camden and Islington boroughs coming together
These two pathfinders allowed the police to see the benefits of the BCU model in action, as well as identifying and dealing with any problems. They have worked closely with officers, staff and partner agencies, including leaders of local councils, to identify the key lessons learnt.
The 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs) are:
Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster,
Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth
Bromley, Croydon, Sutton
Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham
Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge
Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow
Hackney, Tower Hamlets
Barnet, Brent, Harrow
Newham, Waltham Forest.