New police model launched in Barking and Dagenham according to Mayor’s vision
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The way police operate in the borough has officially changed following the launch of the Mayor’s new local policing model.
Under the revised framework, two front counters will remain open to the public who can also reach officers at four additional contact points, although only one counter will be open on Saturday evenings and Sundays.
Barking and Dagenham has been split into three neighbourhoods, each under the command of a police inspector, and Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) will have a stronger focus on crime prevention, investigation and reducing anti-social behaviour.
“Accessibility to policing services for the public is key,” said borough commander Andy Ewing.
“In addition to the more community-friendly counter services, the new strength Neighbourhood Teams will be pro-actively targeting offenders whose activities can have a negative affect on the quality of life for local people.”
The changes were brought in on Monday, September 16, despite opposition during a public consultation hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime at the Barking Learning Centre, Barking, earlier this year.
In particular, fears were raised about the isolation of northern parts of the borough as the Met moved to the multi-million pound Fresh Wharf Custody Base, Barking, and planned to open a 24hour police counter at the learning centre.
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Following a campaign led by Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas, the decision was taken to retain Dagenham police station, which had been due to close, and make it the borough’s only 24hour counter service.
Barking Police Station will close when the new counter at Barking Learning Centre is opened, expected in December 2013, though opening times will remain the same.
If you have any concerns about crime in your area contact your SNT, dial 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.