Police and Town Hall held accountable by Neighbourhood agreement

POLICE and other public bodies in London’s East End are to be made publicly accountable to communities with new neighbourhood agreements.’ Tower Hamlets has been selected to be one of 12 areas in the country where they sign up to a Neighbourhood Agreement

By Mike Brooke

POLICE and other public bodies in London’s East End are to be made publicly accountable to communities with new neighbourhood agreements.’

Tower Hamlets has been selected to be one of 12 areas in the country where the police, local authority and other public agencies sign up to a Home Office Neighbourhood Agreement to hold them to account in the areas they serve.

Officials from the 12 areas from all parts of the country met Crime & Policing Minister David Hanson in London yesterday to agree standards to be set with their communities.

“We want the public to be confident their police and local authority are tackling crime and anti-social behaviour,” said the Minister.

“Neighbourhood Agreements are a key to how they work with communities, offering the public the chance to play a part in making neighbourhoods safer.”

The agreements allow communities a say in how issues are tackled and to build better relationships with public services, as well as setting out what residents will do to keep their neighbourhoods safe.

Tower Hamlets was one of two London boroughs to be selected for Neighbourhood agreements, along with Croydon. The other areas are Watford, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newport, Corby, Newquay, Berwick, Portsmouth, Wakefield and Flintshire.