Metropolitan Police’s Head of Community Engagement has written to all community groups, reminding us that:
- if any member of the community spots anything that they are unhappy about, then they should report this to the police by dialling 101, or the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321. If it is urgent please call 999.
- at times like this, there is always a risk that the incidence of hate crime will increase. Any such incidents should be reported to the police immediately, where they will be dealt with promptly by specialist officers
Parks and Squares
Islington Council have informed us that due to cutbacks, some parks and squares in Islington are being left permanently unlocked, Percy Circus and Vernon Square amongst them. Apparently they have increased the number of their Anti-social Behaviour Wardens and Anti-social Behaviour can be reported by ringing 020 7527 7272.
POLICE SAFER NEIGHBOURHOODS TEAM (CLERKENWELL)
The following information is broadly correct but a little out of date. For up-to-date contact information please click here. For minutes of Safer Neighbourhood Panel meetings click below:-
The Police Service in the borough is organised in separate teams with different roles and targets; other parts of the police service operate on a London wide or even national basis.
The team with the most local focus is the Safer Neighbourhoods Team which in Islington is restricted to a single ward. There are also Neighbourhood Support Teams which can back up the ward based teams if they are facing exceptional problems.
The purpose of a Safer Neighbourhoods Team is to deal with low level crime and anti-social behaviour, but the team will work alongside other parts of the police service dealing with more serious crime where necessary. Their local knowledge is often very valuable.
The Clerkenwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team consists of one police sergeant, one police constable and one police community safety officer. They have an office in Goswell Road and are also based at Islington Police Station, but spend most of their time patrolling the area and talking to residents. They work closely with the Council and other community organisations and associations in the area.
Team Members are:
PC James Ryder
PCSO Joanna Rondos
112-114 Goswell Road EC1
They are available to meet the public at this office, known as a contact point, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 7.00 and 8.00 pm and on Saturday afternoons between 2.00 and 3.00 pm.
101 in a non emergency, when a crime has already been committed or any other query.
999 in an emergency when a crime is about to be or in the process of being committed.
The police would like the public to report every incident because information helps to build intelligence.
ISLINGTON COUNCIL’S ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR TEAM AND MAGPI.
Islington Council employ an anti-social behaviour team who operate on a sector basis. They can be contacted 24 hours a day and are able to respond quickly to incidents. They do not have powers of arrest, but can move people on, and summon the police if necessary. They work closely with the police safer neighbourhood teams, and are able to identify offenders and build up a picture of what is going on.
Their telephone number for reporting incidents is:
020 7527 7272
MAGPI stands for Multi-Agency Geographical panels in Islington. There are four MAGPIs each with its own co-ordinator funded by the council. We come under the South area and our co-ordinator is Johnathon Gallagher. His contact details are:
Telephone: 020 7527 8833
The purpose of the MAGPI is to bring a wide range of agencies together which can share information, expertise and resources in order to resolve the problems of anti-social behaviour and low level crime. The MAGPI tends to deal with problematic hot spots rather than individual cases, and works by assessing and deciding on actions concerning the perpetrators, the victims and the location. Anyone can make a referral to the MAGPI, but it tends to be the agencies who are already involved with it.
CLERKENWELL SAFER NEIGHBOURHOODS PANEL
When the police safer neighbourhood teams were set up, safer neighbourhood panels were instituted to advise the police teams. The panels are made up from members of the community and are non-statutory, independent and voluntary.
The purpose of the panel is to work closely with the police team and to agree priorities for policing across the ward. The decisions are based on information brought to the panel by its members after consultation with their neighbours, and the information that the police have gained from crime statistics and their own experience of policing the area. Members of the panel are usually representatives of very small localities such as an estate or a square, and have a good knowledge of what is going on. The panel is keen to welcome new members from parts of the ward which are not represented.
The panel meets every two months, when the latest incidents of anti=social behaviour and the resulting police action are discussed and future police action decided. It is also an opportunity for the police to inform local residents of new initiatives and crime statistics.
The Chair of the Panel is:
Howard Clark who can be contacted on:
MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR POLICING AND CRIME (MOPAC)
MOPAC, under the direction of Boris Johnson, is responsible for setting a strategy for policing in London and for allocating funding. If you are interested you can read the whole London Policing and Crime Plan on http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/mission-priorities/police-and-crime-plan.
From January 2013 a new structure for policing in London came into being.
THE LOCAL POLICING MODEL is summarised as follows:
Safer Neighbourhoods policing. Over 4,600 police officers will be directed to neighbourhood teams (currently approximately 2000 officers work in safer neighbourhoods). Each of these neighbourhood teams will have a broader remit to cut crime, support victims and tackle offending. They will be supported by teams of officers who will both provide patrolling support and responsive back up. Inspector-led teams will work in Local Police Areas; every ward will have a named sergeant, and a dedicated base team with greater flexibility for borough commanders to deploy staff within the borough. Other police constables, police community support officers, special constables and volunteers will work across the Local Police Area according to need. Safer Schools officers will be retained for every secondary school that wants one. Each borough will maintain its own borough commander
Emergency response and patrol – Inspector-led teams will provide emergency response, patrol to prevent crime and respond to disorder.
Proactive and reactive investigation – Small squads at borough level focused on narrow crime types will be disbanded, allowing better use of resources. Community Safety Units, dealing with issues such as hate crime and domestic violence will remain.
Uniformed borough tasking teams – These provide flexible resources for reducing crime and preserving public order.
Grip and pace centers – These enable senior leaders to drive activity and ensure threats are tackled quickly and opportunities to reduce harm are taken.
Local Policing Model resources do not comprise the whole resource working at borough level by any means. For example, Territorial Support Group (TSG), Traffic, Trident, Sapphire, Specialist Operations and other units are all additional.
In 2011 Islington had 48 Safer Neighbourhood Officers. In 2015 it will have 140.