Dear Ducane Residents
I have been requested to forward you the following notices regarding updates on how policing is imminently changing locally, and across London, in terms of neighbourhood policing and use of Body Worn Video Cameras
Neighbourhood Policing Update
Hammersmith and Fulham are pleased to confirm that as of 5th June 2017, all wards within the Borough will have had an uplift of its Neighbourhood Policing teams with a second Dedicated Ward Officer (DWO). The second DWO for College Park and Old Oak is PC Lily Rellis 245FH. All 16 teams within the Borough will now consist of two constables and a PCSO supported by Sergeants. This is in line with the Mayor of London's Policing Strategy. All Dedicated Ward Officers have been drawn from existing non-dedicated neighbourhood roles, and will be ‘ring-fenced’ from being called away to other duties. They will be visible to our communities with local patrolling being key. Also linking in with our ward officers within Neighbourhood Policing are our enhanced dedicated Schools team and the Local Authority funded officers for Shepherds Bush Green, Hammersmith Broadway and Fulham Broadway.
The Dedicated Ward Officers, both known to the community and by the community, means stronger relations between Londoners and their police officers, where local communities are served by dedicated officers they know and trust, and who understand the area and challenge of Local Policing. The aim for these officers is to improve trust and confidence in the Police and to keep communities safe whilst both detecting and preventing crime.
Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Gideon Springer said "Dedicated Ward Officers working within our communities are key to driving confidence within Hammersmith and Fulham, these officers build relationships with the public and businesses within the Borough and the partners that work with them. I have every confidence that these officers will enhance the excellent work taking place to deal with local priorities and issues that effect our communities".
Body Worn Cameras Update
I am writing to let you know that Hammersmith and Fulham borough will be launching the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) cameras on 30th May 2017.
The introduction of BWV to Hammersmith and Fulham is part of the world’s largest global use of BWV within a police service, with the aims of modernising the Metropolitan Police (MPS) through technology, enabling frontline police officers to be more effective and strengthening the police/public partnership.
The introduction of BWV will see the following benefits:
• Increasing the use of technology within the criminal justice system for more efficient and effective justice for victims
• Greater transparency of policing; improving the investigation of complaints
• Making stop and search more accountable to communities
• Video captures events in a way that can't be represented on paper
• Offenders are more likely to plead guilty, if they know they have been recorded; potentially speeding up the criminal justice process.
BWV will be incident specific and will not be used to indiscriminately record Londoners
We’re looking to gauge feedback from the public and London’s communities about their feelings around BWV.
You can give your feedback and/or comments to the sender of this letter.
More information on the use of BWV and how the footage is managed can be found at www.met.police.uk/BWV.
PC Shawn Ross 645FH
College Park & Old Oak SNT