Coalition cuts deprive Dudden Hill Ward residents of 2,132 frontline police hours

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I have made strong representations to the Borough Commander following the loss of Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team staff. Coalition and Mayoral cuts to police budgets are leading to recruitment freezes in police numbers which means that there are currently no plans to replace members of staff. I am therefore worried that given the loss of full time staff, residents in Dudden Hill may be permanently deprived of around 2,142 hours of frontline police hours a year. That is something I do not want for my residents. Our safety is not a price worth paying.

I am particularly concerned given the high crime rate in parts of Dudden Hill Ward – particularly the Church Road area which according to Metropolitan Police Crime Map figures had a crime rate of 21.12 in October 2010 which is more than double the 9.52 average crime rate in Brent.

I am fighting to make sure that Dudden Hill is represented and I am actively making a strong case to the Borough Commander to divert more resources for my ward.

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London Crime Mapping System

I recently attended the Willesden Area Consultation Forum held at the College of North West London where one of the presentations of the evening came from the Safer Neighbourhood Team. It was a very informative presentation with bags of information.

A new crime mapping system has been launched by the Metropolitan Police in which it is possible to look at crime levels broken down at the Borough, Ward and Subward levels. The data used to compile the  mapping system is updated monthly and has been an effective practical tool for the Police, as it has allowed them to identify crime hotspot areas more efficiently so that they can concentrate their efforts accordingly.

Contact details for all Safer Neighbourhood Team representatives are also publicly available through the following website:

LINK (Brent Safer Neighbourhood Teams)