Local residents were able to meet the new Woolwich Town Centre police team on Monday 14th February.
The team of 24 officers, lead by Inspector Jonathan Bradshaw, aim to tackle crimes including violence and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
It is one of 19 teams being rolled out across London, addressing the Met’s priority of reducing crime and responding to concerns from residents, with a view to predominantly tackle serious youth violence and violence against women and girls.
A key area of work will also be building trust and confidence between the police and the community.
Inspector Jonathan Bradshaw said: “I am very excited to be leading the team in Woolwich. I see this as an opportunity to have a real impact on reducing crime and building public confidence. Residents will now see a permanent uplift in uniformed police officers patrolling the town centre, with the aim of keeping you all safe.
“Local policing is vital to maintain strong ties with the community and this team is dedicated to working more effectively together with the Council and Royal Greenwich residents. We know how important it is to be out and about on the ground, listening and engaging with local people and tackling the issues that make them feel unsafe.”
The launch of the new team follows on from the Council’s continuous work to improve residents’ safety in the borough, as well as reducing antisocial behaviour and crime.
Inspector Jonathan Bradshaw told us more.