The first police officers of the newly formed Kensington and Chelsea Community Policing Team paid for by an annual £1.4 million investment by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea took to their beat in November with two further teams will start work at the beginning of January 2015. DSC_0306

By March 2015 the full strength Kensington and Chelsea Community Policing Team will comprise 36 constables, four sergeants and an inspector. In addition to providing high-visibility patrols and dealing with antisocial behaviour, licensing and crime prevention, officers will also tackle longstanding resident concerns like graffiti, vice cards, begging, dog fouling, litter and illegal street trading. In a new approach to policing the team will be jointly run by the Council and police.

Greeting the first police officers, Cllr Joanna Gardner, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, IT and Corporate Services, said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome our first officers. This is an exciting phase in our long term partnership with the police and represents a very hands-on approach to working together to keep the streets of Kensington and Chelsea safe. “The new team will be able to respond to some of those local issues which are not usually a priority for police, but regularly concern our residents and affect the quality of their lives.”

Kensington and Chelsea Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Ellie O’Connor, said:

“I am delighted that the Council has invested so heavily in providing extra police officers for the Royal Borough. These teams will provide additional officers who will be able to tackle quality of life issues and provide a highly visible presence on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea. It is testament to the determination of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to work in partnership to improve the quality of life of residents, businesses and visitors to the borough.”