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Newham continues to fund extra police

5 May 2017 in Community safety
Newham Council will continue to partly fund a dedicated pool of 40 Metropolitan Police officers to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.
Last night the council’s cabinet voted to continue a scheme under which Newham pays for 20 officers at a cost of just under £1.5 million per year. The Metropolitan Police match the funding to provide a further 20 officers at no cost to the council.

The partnership with the Met began in 2008 and last night’s decision means it will continue until 2020.

The 40 officers make up Newham’s Enforcement Partnership Team (EPT). Based at the council’s offices in Dockside, the EPT supports the work of council’s own law enforcement officers in tackling the issues residents have raised as a priority, like anti-social behaviour.

In the past three years the EPT have been directed to areas of high crime and anti-social behaviour.

Since 2014 the EPT has:
  • Made 3,983 arrests
  • Assisted in over 463 operations tackling issues such as rough sleeping, street drinking, prostitution and anti-social behaviour in parks and open spaces
  • Assisted council officers in the inspection of private rented accommodation leading to 674 arrests, and the recovery of over £2 million in unpaid Council Tax
  • Assisted in the closure of 87 brothels and 38 “crack houses”​
Councillor Forhad Hussain, Cabinet Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour said: “By assisting the council’s own officers, the police give us a much more effective force to tackle a whole spectrum of crime, from fly-tipping, to prostitution, drugs and criminal landlords.”

“Police officers give the council the ability to effectively and quickly target the criminals who make our residents lives and environment less secure, and less pleasant.”

Chief Supt Ian Lander, Borough Commander of Newham Police said: “Newham Police welcome the continued support from Newham Council in funding additional police officers. We have already seen the impressive results these officers have delivered over the last three years in tackling those crimes that directly affect the lives of Newham residents.

“I am proud of the strong and close partnership we have with the council  and recognise that to create a safer Newham we must have the full support of partners and residents. This is a significant financial contribution which will go some way to making Newham safer for all of us.”