Redbridge community police team hailed a success

The councillor responsible for environment and safety in the borough has been out on the beat with a new police squad.

Cllr Shoaib Patel visited the community police team, which is part-funded by Redbridge Council, at Valentines Park last week.

The squad of 12 police officers went on the beat for the first time last month as a replacement to the disbanded parks police team, which was also council-funded.

Cllr Patel, said, “This is a team of real police officers with full policing powers and they are doing a tremendous job keeping our parks and open spaces safe.

“You can see from their achievements how incredibly successful the team have been. We are fully committed to making Redbridge a hostile environment for criminals to operate in whether it is in or out of parks.”

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Residents in Valentines Park, off Cranbrook Road, praised the new police team.

Inga Bekisa, who was at the park with her daughter, said: “I see the police here all the time now.

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“I come to the park twice a day and I feel safe bringing my daughter here.”

Since its launch the team has enjoyed much success, including arresting a man for indecent exposure in Hainault, returning a missing dog to its owner and arresting a whisky thief.

Outside the park they have also helped closed down unlicensed alcohol and food shops.

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