Croydon BID funds additional Christmas police patrols

Croydon BID is working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service to increase police presence in the town centre and to provide direct support to businesses.
An additional 32 hours of policing per week has been drafted in to provide extra presence, practical assistance, advice, and reassurance to members of the public and local businesses in Croydon town centre at key times during the festive season.

Beginning the week of 28th November and continuing until Christmas, these extra patrols will support both the daytime and evening retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, providing visitors with increased reassurance and allowing them to enjoy the Christmas festivities without interruption.

The additional officers will also focus on building relations and increasing engagement with businesses, as directed by Croydon BID, to ensure they can share information, raise issues, and pass on intelligence.

Officers will work alongside our Street Rangers and will carry the Croydon BID Radio Link, which will provide direct communication with other business users throughout the town centre.

Croydon BID’s funding of additional police resources demonstrates our commitment to maintaining a strong, visible police presence on our streets, as well as our desire for the police and business community to work together.

We are able to share and react to intelligence much more efficiently by coordinating our efforts and activities, which optimises our investment in safety and its positive effect on our businesses in the town centre.

Shaun Webster,  Director of Operations at Croydon BID
Improving and enhancing our working relationship between Croydon BID and Croydon Police allows the opportunity to focus on the issues that matter to you. By nurturing trust and developing strong local relationships between businesses, private security, and police, ensures better coordination in achieving a common goal of identifying offenders and driving crime reduction activity

By sharing intelligence, we aim to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and facilitate a healthy town centre environment where the public and businesses feel safe.

I hope you feel reassured by the increased presence, and I look forward to the improvements that we can make together.

Chief Inspector Imran Asghar

For more information on Police Funding, click here. If a business experiences criminal activity, they should always call 999 in an emergency and if they have problems that are related to crime but are not necessarily an emergency, they should call 101.