The Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) current local policing model does not currently provide the degree of police visibility in our neighbourhood that is expected by stakeholders. A new scheme, MetPlus, will provide for uniformed police officers to be supplied on a ‘buy one, get one free’ basis within the South Bank BID area for a minimum of 3 years. The aim of the scheme is to enhance police visibility in the area and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
The officers will blend problem solving and direct enforcement activity to address the priorities of the South Bank. This includes unlicensed street trading, aggressive begging, street drinking, anti-social behaviour and the theft of personal property from people at venues. The officers will undertake the investigation of neighbourhood crimes subject to the final approval within the SLA. The investigations need to be undertaken promptly and effectively. This will expose the officers to greater investigative experience as well as providing greater accountability to our community. Retaining an element of investigation will also aid a greater understanding by the officers of the local crime picture which will facilitate more effective problem solving and greater contact locally.
The police officers will work closely with the area’s private security teams. This will include them undertaking joint patrols and working with the South Bank Patrol. They will be expected to attend stakeholder and community meetings as well as functions which will enhance their visibility and engagement within the area and enable them to undertake effective problem solving with our community. This work will be completed in partnership with a number of statutory and non statutory organizations that have a responsibility for tackling crime and anti social behaviour in the area.
The London Eye S106 and South Bank BID will fund for one officer and Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) would provide an additional constable free of charge. This will equate to 80 hours of policing over a 7 day week.