Funding of extra police resource

In partnership with the Metropolitan Police, Croydon BID funds ten extra police officers, dedicated to policing the town centre

The town has benefited from additional police resource since 2008 when Croydon BID and the Croydon Metropolitan Police Service first entered in a joint funding agreement. This ultimately led to the BID paying for five extra police officers in the town, an arrangement that was match-funded by the Police to create a team of ten officers dedicated to the town centre. The team focuses on business priorities such as anti social behaviour and shoplifting.

In addition, Croydon BID match funds extra British Transport Police resource on key dates across the year, including Christmas and Bank holidays, to provide practical support and reassurance to the travelling public.  

Targeting street drinkers and beggars:

Persistent street drinking and begging can seriously impact on how our town centre is viewed and make people feel intimidated.

The fact is begging is an arrestable offence and, as Croydon town centre is a designated Alcohol Free Zone, alcohol can be confiscated.

To drive these messages home and reduce the detrimental effect that persistent begging and street drinking have on our town, we work tirelessly with the Metropolitan Police, Croydon Council and various drug and outreach services, delivering a number of initiatives to raise standards and provide practical support to those in genuine need.

In 2015, we helped to launch the Croydon Safer Streets Campaign which provides a holistic approach towards identifying, engaging with and assisting those in need as well as taking progressive enforcement action, where necessary, against persistent offenders. 

If your business has encountered any issues with persistent street drinking or begging please get in touch as soon as possible with our Business Crime Reduction Manager.

It is only with the involvement and support of the local community that an accurate picture of the extent of the problem can be gauged, 'hot spot' areas identified and adequate resources deployed to enable individuals to be engaged with appropriately.

Email Cheryll Wright or call her on 020 8603 0054 with details of:

  • The date and time of the incident:
  • Location:
  • Description of the activity and number of people involved:
  • An image if possible


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