Newham enforcement officers celebrate stunning success at top crime-fighting awards

26 September 2013 in Community safety and Council and democracy
Enforcement officers from Newham Council have scooped second spot in a national awards scheme recognising outstanding crime-fighting.
The annual London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards were held at New Scotland Yard, central London, earlier this month (September). They recognise exceptional work in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.
Newham’s Enforcement & Safety Division, Neighbourhood Operations (West Quadrant Team) came second for their work in combating gangs and youth crime in the Stratford area - near the Olympic Park. This was in the run-up to last year’s Olympics and Paralympics.

Targeting gang members and their parents at their homes, the team helped reduce youth violence and the criminality in the area by 75%.

The West Quadrant Team won the same award last year. This was in recognition of their work in tackling drug dealing and youth anti-social behaviour in the Forest Gate area in 2011.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales stressed only 150 people out of a population of 310,000 in the borough are gang members.

He added:  “We work very hard to stop young people getting into gangs and we also enforce very heavily against those who think they can get away with it. Behind this are strong partnerships with the Metropolitan Police and other organisations including HM Revenue & Customs and British Transport Police.

“So our message is: being in a gang is stupid. If you’re going to be violent, and you’re in Newham, we will come after you.”