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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Crime fighting efficiency

News   •   Oct 26, 2010 12:38 BST

A special crime-fighting board which gives Tower Hamlets residents the opportunity to put forward their views about community safety has been praised for its efficiency.

Tower Hamlets Police and Community Safety Board was recognised as an exemplar of efficiency by the Metropolitan Police Association’s review into Community and Police Engagement Groups. The board, which involves the community in tackling crime, holds a number of events each year to give residents the opportunity to question top police and council officials.

Including members of the community, along with police officers and council staff, the board aims to reduce crime, increase safety and respond to key concerns of residents. By holding regular 'Face the Public' events, which include question and answer session, the board is able to involve the community and make sure resident concerns are being addressed.

Andy Bamber, Head of Community Safety at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Providing good value for money is always important, especially in these tough financial times. By working in partnership with the community and police we’re able to involve residents and use their insight to help make the borough a safer place.”

Borough Commander, Paul Rickett, regularly attends the community events.

He said, "Being held to account is a healthy exercise for any Police Borough Commander. The Police and Community Safety Board is an effective means of consultation to help me decide how I can direct my resources most efficiently."

The review showed that Tower Hamlets used minimal resources to gain the maximum benefit. Due to the effectiveness of the Board, the partnership work between the council, police and community was put to good effect, meaning the they could use and share resources. Kensington and Chelsea was also praised for its efficiency.

Providing residents with the opportunity to put forward their views about crime, the Tower Hamlets Police and Community Safety Board is being praised for its efficiency.

The next public event to take place is the Annual Residents’ Question Time. It takes place on Wednesday 3 November at 5.30p, - 8.30pm at Idea store Whitechapel, Whitechapel Road.

Toe find more about this event, or the Police and Community Safety Board please contact council officer Mohammed Raja on 0207 364 6108 or


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