The Metropolitan Police are adding an additional 15 officers to boost the town centre team to assist in preventing crime and providing additional reassurance to both members of the public and businesses alike.
The town centre team of six officers is funded in partnership between Metropolitan Police and Croydon BID, providing a strong visible presence and reinforce the importance for a collaborative relationship between the business community and the police to tackle and drive out crime from the area.
In addition to helping to deter and detect crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour, part of the town centre police team’s focus will be on building relations and increasing engagement with businesses, providing them with the advice, information and training needed to ensure they are better equipped to prevent crime and to safeguard the interests of their staff and their customers.
Croydon BID first entered into a match funding agreement in 2008 and has since had an extra 185,000 hours dedicated town centre policing funded. This is a key strand of Croydon BID’s pledge to help improve safety and security in the town centre.
Andy O'Donnell, A/Insp Neighbourhood Policing said: “The Metropolitan Police have been working in partnership with Croydon BID to secure additional resources in the Town Centre for the peak period over the summer. The focus for the officers will be to tackle any increase in anti-social behaviour which historically happens over this peak period.”
Rebecca Molloy, business crime & safety manager at Croydon BID said: “The need to increase visibility of our local police officers is a necessity when considering the challenges faced in Croydon, London and the UK wide, whether it be short term or long term. This collaborative arrangement will provide an opportunity for a greater police presence in our town centre, providing additional reassurance and safety across August, creating a welcoming, safe environment for us all to enjoy.”
For further information from the Met Police visit www.met.police.uk