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.