Local enforcement team conduct 24 hour operation
LET officer with Brackenbury Village butcher John Stenton (left) who has run his shop on Aldensley Road for over 35 years
The local Law Enforcement Team (LET) have carried out a 24-hour operation in Brackenbury village this week as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
They patrolled areas around local schools including Brackenbury, Bute House and Godolphin & Latymer as well as public transport hubs in Goldhawk Road, Hammersmith Broadway and Ravenscourt Park.
Local police and local outreach workers joined the council funded officers on their patrols throughout the day. The team assisted the local police on various occasions including at the scene of a road traffic collision and in the aftermath of a storm. In addition they made 138 patrols, engaged with residents on 300 occasions and knocked on 115 doors to introduce themselves and hand out contact details. 10 weapons sweeps were carried out and, in collaboration with Turning Point, they helped persuade two rough sleepers in the area take up an offer of accommodation.
Brackenbury-based butcher John Stenton said, “I think this is a fantastic idea. The more boots on the ground, the better.
“I hope the whole of London actually goes this way, so our police officers then have more time to study crime and make more arrests.”
LET officers on patrol in Brackenbury Village
Joining the LET on the day was Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F, who said, “Our Law Enforcement Team is one of the biggest investments of any council in Britain in keeping people safe.
“It’s a key part of our strategy, which has three other prongs – our Gang’s Unit, to protect our young people, a women and girls strategy, particularly relevant at this time, and a very extensive CCTV operation – one of the most extensive in the UK.
“All of our council record investment is backed by working very closely with the Metropolitan Police.”
In addition to these targeted 24-hour operations, the LET officers patrol the borough day and night, seven days a week.
All 72 officers on the team are Community Safety Accreditation Scheme trained, which enables them to work with the local police and assist them with a range of tasks. Thanks to their direct line to both the council’s CCTV team and the police, they can report suspicious behaviour and direct the police to where they’re needed quickly and effectively.
The officers can obtain the name and address of offenders but have no powers of arrest. They can issue fixed penalty notices for offences like littering and dog fouling.
Since its creation less than a year ago, the LET has responded to more than 2,125 calls from H&F residents and acted on more than 44,000 incidents within the borough, of which more than 2,500 were anti-social behaviour related.
Their next 24-hour operation will take place on Wednesday 2 March in Shepherd’s Bush.
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