Met Police work with Law Enforcement Officers to tackle crime in H&F

In their latest joint operation, Hammersmith & Fulham’s Law Enforcement Team officers teamed up with The Met Police to undertake a series of targeted weapon sweeps in Fulham.

The two teams covered the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates as well as Normand Park.

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[Visual description]: Hammersmith & Fulham Law Enforcement Team officer Ian Baron is standing outside Churchward House on the West Kensington estate talking to the camera.

Ian Baron: My name's Ian Baron, I'm a Senior Law Enforcement Officer.

[Visual description]: Law Enforcement Team officers and Met Police officers can be seen outside the housing estates, talking to each other, checking shrubbery and bushes for weapons.

Ian Baron: Today, we're carrying out a weapons sweep on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates. We're doing a joint patrol with the Met Police and the ward officers for the area.

We work alongside the police to do these, we can share intelligence and information.

[Visual description]: Met Police officer Seb Goulding is standing outside Churchward House on the West Kensington estate talking to the camera.

Sergeant Seb Goulding: This is something that we do very regularly.

[Visual description]: Officers are putting on gloves. Officers can be seen outside the housing estates, checking shrubbery and bushes for weapons.

We coordinate these types of pulse patrols and weapons sweeps into areas where we might have intelligence that there have been issues or that weapons could be stored, and we'll go out and coordinate our patrol and weapon sweep activity together.

[Visual description]: Hammersmith & Fulham Law Enforcement Team officer Ian Baron is standing outside Churchward House on the West Kensington estate talking to the camera.

Ian Baron: By carrying out and working in partnership with the Met Police we can do things like weapons sweeps we're doing today.

[Visual description]: Ian Baron is talking to the camera. Officers are conducting weapon sweeps on the playground area of West Kensington estate.

Ian Baron: We can do joint patrols in the parks, dealing with anti-social behaviour in the parks, and just the general presence around the borough, helping to reduce crime, making the residents feel safe in Hammersmith & Fulham.

[Visual description]: Officers are on the estate talking to each other. Seb Goulding is talking to the camera. One Law Enforcement officer shows off a large piece of broken plastic that was found during the sweep.

Seb Goulding: For us, working together with our partners, and working together with the Law Enforcement Team, means that we've got more access to visible uniformed presence, which can help reassure our residents, and we can work smarter with joint patrols together, and also coordinating our patrol times, so that we are overlapping areas, and we've got better coverage at all times of day.

So, I think there's a lot of upcoming opportunities for joint-working between ourselves, the Met, and our partners, including the Law Enforcement Team.

Some of those that we've got is looking at conducting days of action, whereby we'll find an area where we are getting repeat calls, and complaints about anti-social behaviour, we'll pool our resources together to try and tackle the offenders, reassure local residents and try and take some sort of enforcement action.