A guest post from the Kensington & Chelsea Community Safety Team
Police officers took part in a community engagement day across London on Wednesday 22 October 2014 as part of a major drive to strengthen relationships with the communities they serve. The Council’s Community Safety Team took the opportunity to work alongside Kensington and Chelsea’s police on the day and other partners such as the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation and Licensing.
The purpose of series of activities held were to not only build on existing community engagement but also help the Council and police to work together to reduce crime and disorder.
The first activity on the day was a cycling event on Kensington High Street on the junction with Earls Court Road. Police officers provided free security marking for bicycles and the Council provided a Dr Bike service to complete cycle maintenance checks. Cyclists were also given the opportunity to take the seat of a lorry driver and see first hand exactly what a lorry driver can – and can’t – see. Nearly 100 cyclists made time on their morning commute to find out more about cycling safely around the borough.
Businesses in the north of the borough were visited by Council staff and police officers in the morning. This joint team highlighted the current Group Dispersal Zone in the area and conducted surveys with 38 local businesses. The survey covered crime prevention and awareness and many of the businesses showed an interest in joining a retail forum.
A session was held for local residents and Public Health Community Champions on the Worlds End Estate at Chelsea Theatre to speak to the Safer Kensington and Chelsea Partnership, made up of Council staff and the police about their concerns. They highlighted their perception of antisocial behaviour, street drinking and other crimes that they may be experiencing in the area.
Residents were pleased to hear that the police’s Contact Point on the estate will be open from week commencing Monday 17 November. It will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 8pm and on Saturdays, 2 to 3pm. Please pop in and say hi!
This was the first of three coordinated Community Action Days taking place over the coming months.