An increased number of officers were deployed to support the Fairfield Ward team as children returned to school after the summer holidays. They offered support and advice on making positive choices and aimed to unite young people against serious youth violence, as well as reassuring commuters and residents.
The hard-working team also patrolled the Whitgift Centre and Centrale with officers from Project Servator, who are trained in behaviour detection specifically centred around knife carriers.
In the last few weeks, PC Michaels-Dubois, PC Humphries and PC Mwangi helped evacuate a burning building in Surrey Street market, while PC Cope and PC Michaels-Dubois arrested a man on suspicion of drug dealing after a foot chase.
The team’s priorities, as discussed with the ward panel, continue to be antisocial behaviour including rough sleeping, begging and drugs-related offences, serious youth violence and business crime and theft.
New neighbour inspector, Stephen Warnes, who comes to Croydon after a decade of service in Lambeth, will be supporting the team to address these issues.
To encourage more community engagement, officers are inviting people to follow them on Twitter @MPSCroydonTC. Tweets going out to the accounts’ already-impressive 594 followers include anti-knife crime advice, a list of 25 defibrillator locations in the town centre and crime prevention advice for back to school week.
Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon BID said: “The hard work and dedication of Croydon’s police force should never be undervalued.
“Their diligent approach is absolutely vital in our aim to ensure everyone has a safe and secure experience when they visit the town centre. It’s been a particularly busy few weeks for the team and, as always, they have done a fantastic job.”