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, Met Patrol Plus, 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 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 organisations that have a responsibility for tackling crime and anti social behaviour in the area.
Funded by South Bank BID and London Eye Section 106, Met Plus is a project jointly run with the Metropolitan Police. In early 2017, the team was expanded to include four officers, in direct response to the needs of our local businesses.
South Bank BID businesses can find out more about the security services available to them by contacting the Public Realm Team at firstname.lastname@example.org