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Enfield new policing model launched yesterday
The Metropolitan Police will be putting more than 2,000 neighbourhood police officers onto the streets of the capital as it changes its local policing model.
Dedicated local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) who deal with community issues such as anti-social behaviour, are increasing in numbers to deal with more issues such as investigating neighbourhood crime, and take a stronger approach to catching criminals.
With 22 SNTs and 88 officers currently in the borough, it is not known how many more will be added to each SNT.
The scheme was introduced in all 32 boroughs yesterday following a trial period in 16 London boroughs in June. The changes will also involve one police station in Enfield open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne said: “Having listened to our communities we understand that people want their local police to be where they are most needed.”
“Sixteen boroughs are already proving that by changing the way we do things, local police have more flexibility and better managed resources to tackle crime and criminals affecting the lives of local people.”
“With all 32 boroughs operating under the new model, our consistent approach to making neighbourhood policing our priority, demonstrates our commitment to giving Londoners the service they deserve.”
Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh said: “After the most extensive public consultation ever carried out into policing in London, we have listened to what people want in putting ‘bobbies’ before buildings. Moving 2,600 extra police officers into neighbourhoods provides a golden opportunity for the Met to reconnect with Londoners."
For more information, go to www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime
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