Police on the beat

Council-funded police crack down on crime

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Image captionNew council-funded officers have been making a difference in H&F

Extra police officers funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council have made 760 arrests in their first year helping keep residents safe.

In response to residents’ concerns about crime, the council funded 44 police officers from April 2015, the most ever paid for by the borough.

Since they started, the team has responded to more than 1,900 calls, made 870 alcohol confiscations, issued 106 fines for disorderly behaviour and met with 100 groups of residents to plan community safety improvements.

They have made more than two arrests per day on average, while proactively tackling crime in H&F.

The record investment in the police was made using extra funds secured from better negotiations with developers.

Council-funded police officers
Image caption: Officers have attended more than 100 community meetings and made 760 arrests

Cllr Michael Cartwright, H&F Cabinet Member for Crime and Anti-social Behaviour, said the figures were an encouraging start.

“We are determined to work with residents to make H&F as safe and pleasant a place to live as possible. The council-funded police are doing a great job putting this aim into practice.

“In addition to making important arrests, these officers do outstanding proactive work with local residents in identifying problems and trends to stop crime before it even takes place.”

Gideon Springer
Image caption: The work of the team has been praised by H&F Police Borough Commander Gideon Springer

The team’s work has also been lauded by H&F Police Borough Commander, Gideon Springer, who said their work has been vital in ensuring residents’ safety.

“The team has tackled crime and anti-social behaviour across the borough and helped H&F Council address other issues,” he said.

"The additional officers supplied by H&F Council have helped us to tackle many more issues within the community.”

In its first 12 months, the enhanced police team has:

  • made 760 arrests
  • responded to 1905 call outs
  • issued 106 penalty notices for disorder
  • issued 111 fixed penalty notices
  • responded to 127 domestic incidents
  • carried out 870 alcohol confiscations in controlled drinking zones
  • issued 217 drug warnings
  • seized 19 vehicles
  • joined 100 community meetings and 117 partnership initiatives with council officers.

The team has also been active with specific projects aimed at targeting scammers and disorderly behaviour in the borough. These include:

  • carrying out targeted patrols in response to concerns raised by residents
  • tackling ticket touts
  • visiting victims of frauds and scams with H&F’s trading standards team
  • tackling illegal tobacco sellers
  • supporting council officers to prevent breaches of the peace.