Park crime fighters ride to the rescue

John Phillips BIKE-riding crime fighters are to patrol Barking and Dagenham parks in a project inspired by safer neighbourhood teams and a successful US law enforcement model. The environmentally-friendly parks police will cover Goresbrook, Parsloes, Mayesbrook and Bar

John Phillips

BIKE-riding crime fighters are to patrol Barking and Dagenham parks in a project inspired by safer neighbourhood teams and a successful US law enforcement model.

The environmentally-friendly parks police will cover Goresbrook, Parsloes, Mayesbrook and Barking parks.

Central Park, Easbrookend, Old Dagenham, Greatfields, St Chads and Valence parks will soon be added to their route.


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Labour Cllr Bob Little, Barking and Dagenham executive member for parks, said: "Having parks officers patrolling bikes is a great way to interact with the public and increase safety in parks. This will assist in our community involvement, engagement and safety."

Four officers, led by a sergeant, are being trained this month and a further six are set to be equipped and trained in the coming months.

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