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Enfield lobbies for extra police officers

Published Friday, 03 October 2014

Enfield Council has confirmed it will be lobbying the Mayor of London to extend the deployment of 25 extra police officers to the borough after they helped drive down robbery and serious youth violence in the borough.

The 25 officers were originally deployed three months ago after the Council persuaded the Area Commander that the borough needed additional police officers to address its particular needs, the extra officers have also helped drive total crime, vehicle crime and theft.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Enfield is a safe borough and our police officers are hard-working, dedicated and effective at cutting crime. The reason we lobbied for additional resources was to deal with a couple of emerging issues and nip them in the bud, the extra officers were phenomenally helpful to our local officers who were successful in achieving this goal.

“We are very pleased that officers have helped us drive down crime and disorder in Enfield, and we are especially keen that crime rates do not creep up again after they leave the borough so we will be lobbying the Mayor of London with a view to retaining the extra officers for the foreseeable future. We’ll never be complacent when it comes to targeting and reducing crime and one offence is one too many but we are very pleased with our performance over recent months.”

Since the extra officers were deployed, robbery has dropped 1.9 per cent, theft from motor vehicles has dropped by 7.7 per cent, theft of motor vehicles has gone down 11.6 per cent, theft from person has gone down 2.4 per cent and violent crime has dropped by 0.6 per cent. Total crime has also dropped by 2.3 per cent.

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