VIDEO:Barking launches new team of town centre police officers.


East Area officers are once again tackling crime head on and yesterday saw the launch of additional new town centre officers for Barking town centre.

Extra officers were out in force from Monday 6 December, as the Met launches the first tranche of Town Centre Teams to bolster local policing.

Barking Town Centre Team is one of the first dedicated Town Centre Teams to be placed in areas of high demand to tackle the issues that matter the most to our communities. They will patrol busy places at times when they will have the greatest impact on crime and public safety.

In total 500 officers will make up the Town Centre Teams in the Capital, while a further 150 officers will join London’s dedicated ward officers, who are already working in communities to reduce crime and problem solve local issues.

This is one of the ways the Met is investing the recent increase in police numbers to address the things that matter most to Londoners, such as violence, including the forms that affect women and girls disproportionately.

The Town Centre Teams typically consist of 25 additional officers – one inspector, three sergeants and 21 police constables.  Once in place, local police leaders will have the discretion to increase the size of the teams as required.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers told the Havering Daily: “We are increasing our police presence, putting officers where we know the public want to see them most. The new Barking Team will focus on making this area safer, tackling violent crime including violence against women and girls and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

“We want communities to regularly see and get to know their local officers, so that they have trust and confidence in them, knowing they are there to help keep them safe.”

The Met has spoken to local authorities about where the new teams and officers will be located. Decisions about where to allocate the teams have been based on data and intelligence that highlights the areas where there is the most policing demand, areas with higher crime levels or where confidence in police is low.

Well done to all our officers who are working very long hours, especially across the festive period to keep our communities safe.

Inspector Daniel Bacon who is leading the Barking Town Centre unit.
The Barking Town Centre officers with Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell.

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