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Council funded crack down on crime

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28 October 2016

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Enfield Council has funded 16 new police officers to work as an additional resource to tackle crime on Council housing estates.

Enfield Council has funded 16 new police officers to work as an additional resource to tackle crime on Council housing estates.

The officers, who began patrolling at the start of September, will be based on estates where residents have reported higher levels of criminal activity and will be a clear visible presence that any crime or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

The extra officers are fully funded by Enfield Council and have been supplied by the Metropolitan Police and MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime).

Their duties will include stamping out drug use and working closely with the community and the Council's Community Safety Unit to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal activity in these areas.

Six of the officers will be tasked with strategic problem solving, concentrating on certain areas of crime which cause a particular problem for local people. The teams will be supplementing the work of the existing Ward Officers and taking part in additional police patrols and talking to local people about how these key local issues can be addressed.

This week Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga and Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, met with some of the estate teams to discuss their duties, and how their presence will cut crime.

Cllr Fonyonga said: "These new officers, fully funded by Enfield Council, will boost the collaborative working between the Council and the police, and will have a very positive impact on community policing.

"Over recent years there have been central government cuts to budgets for police services across London and the country. Supporting a safe Enfield is a priority for this Council and so we are paying for these officers from our own limited funds to help the lives of our residents who live on some of our most difficult estates."

Cllr Oykener said: "By targeting certain estates we are hoping that this will have a wider positive impact across Enfield as it should reduce the general prevalence of crimes in the borough which come from issues escalated in these areas.

"We are determined to continue to work with residents to make Enfield as safe and pleasant a place to live as possible. In addition to being an important physical presence these officers will do outstanding proactive work with local residents in identifying problems and trends to stop crime before it even takes place."

Supt Carl Robinson of Enfield police said: "This is a really encouraging initiative from Enfield Council which we positively promote.

"The police officers retain their full powers which they will use reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on the estates in the borough and we believe they will make a real difference."