Police Borough Commander Rob Jones on the future of Newham policing

PUBLISHED: 12:53 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:53 27 March 2013


The Met, like many public services, has to do its bit to save a huge amount of money over the next three years. This involves difficult decisions and much tightening of belts. The underlying principle is ‘bobbies before buildings’ and whilst we will be welcoming new officers to Newham over the next year, we will have to look closely at the use of all our police stations.

I have recently been to several meetings to discuss the future of Stratford Police Station and the challenge of policing of the Olympic park when it opens this summer. We have listened, and made our case for the importance of Stratford Police station for the community. I’m delighted to announce that it has been confirmed that we are keeping Stratford Police Station open. For Newham Police, it was essential to keep the front counter open to the public; local residents in E15 and E20 should be able to contact us in person, as well as assisting the thousands of visitors that pass through the area every month. I strongly believe despite all the different ways available of reporting crime to the Metropolitan Police Service, online, by letter or telephone, that talking to an officer in person can be the most reassuring and efficient way of dealing with people’s concerns.

The new Chobham Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be policing the park has already started building strong relationships with the different businesses and agencies that work there. The officers will provide a high visibility presence, as well as responding to intelligence and conducting proactive operations. The challenges are considerable in terms of crime and public safety, as the park will eventually be home to five new neighbourhoods, as well as hosting new businesses, major events and sporting contests, but I’m very confident that the policing team will have a considerable impact on making this a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Some of you may know that the Olympic park is going to be used this summer to host several incredible festivals and concerts which will be attended by thousands of people. Whilst details are yet to be finalised, we are working closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation and other agencies and we are really looking forward to policing some fantastic events in our area. I hope that the experience of this summer will create as many happy memories for Newham residents as the last one.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00

A traditional rural theatre of ancient Bengal that uses hunting for story-telling through folk opera and dance in a theatrical setting comes to Bethnal Green tomorrow.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Since the government’s austerity programme started in 2010, the council’s core funding from government has been cut in real terms by 64 per cent, which equates to £148m.

Yesterday, 07:00

Former arm-wrestling champ and Whitechapel stallholder Les Clayden is going back to his cockney ‘daisy roots’ to talk about ‘Swimming with Stingrays’.

Fri, 18:21

Police have found the body of a missing student with links to east London.

Fri, 16:14

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has voluntarily had a blood test for Aids in a council campaign for public awareness for people to take part in HIV Testing Week starting tomorrow.

Fri, 13:48

Campaigners have called for support ahead of a national unity demonstration against racism and fascism.

Fri, 11:45

Police are appealing for help in finding a vulnerable man who has been missing for more than a week.


Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now