Senior Met officer joins Redbridge police for Ilford patrol
PUBLISHED: 20:16 09 September 2014
One of the most senior officers in the Metropolitan Police visited Ilford town centre this evening to remind the public of the value they play in local policing.
Assistant Commissioner Helen King came for a street briefing and brief patrol along the high street.
She told the Recorder the event was part of an initiative aimed at forging relationships with the public.
“First of all, from our point of view, it is about communicating and building that relationship so that people trust us enough to tell us about the things that are worrying them,” she said.
“And that might be anti-social behaviour, street drinking, or something very personal to them, in their own home. And they can do it without coming into the station.”
Det Ch Insp John Fish, from Redbridge’s safer neighbourhoods policing team, spoke of his force’s successes in the borough in the last year.
He said: “Over the last 12 months in Redbridge crime has fallen significantly. There’s 1,008 offences less that would have been predicted by previous years.
“And we have achieved that with the public and our partners. The public has told us there’s a problem with prostitution on Ilford Lane, so we’ve tackled the issue.”
He went on: “Town centre crime has also fallen significantly. We’ve broken the back of the issue.
“We’re now at a point in the town centre where we can name every single one of the beggars and street drinkers.”
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