South Bank Patrol

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The South Bank Patrol works to deter crime with active work to reduce and eliminate unlicensed street trading, the threat of terrorism, petty crime and anti-social behaviour. The work carried out by the team relies on forging good working relationships and actively engaging with private security teams, police and other agencies throughout the area. The Patrol represents the interests of local businesses by working in partnership on crime reduction schemes and projects, using contacts at all levels of government including the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, and by engaging with local businesses to address the security issues important to their organisation and employees.

The South Bank Patrol proactively target ‘hot spot’ locations where problematic individuals gather. Patrol routes are based on a combination of the officers’ local knowledge and information provided to us from stakeholders reporting emerging problems.

This effective patrolling scheme has helped to reduce the number of individuals involved in begging, illegal gambling and anti-social behaviour. The patrol can also act as professional witnesses and provide evidence in the form of statements and exhibited photographs for unlicensed street trading and breaches of CBO’s as an example. A new electronic reporting system has reduced the time the officers have to spend in the patrol office allowing a more prolonged, visible presence ‘on the ground’ proactively tackling these issues.