A new scheme will provide additional police resources to South Bank to tackle security issues important to local businesses, employees, residents and visitors, including unlicensed street trading, aggressive begging, unlawful gambling, street drinking and theft.
The Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) current local policing model does not provide the degree of police visibility in our neighbourhood that is expected by stakeholders. A new scheme, Met Patrol Plus, provides for uniformed police officers to be supplied on a ‘buy one, get one free’ basis to London Boroughs and their partners for a minimum of 3 years. Funding from the London Eye S106 and South Bank BID, in partnership with Lambeth, will pay for one officer and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) will provide an additional constable free of charge. This will equate to 80 hours of policing over a 7 day week. Our Security Manager will determine deployment on behalf of South Bank Business Watch and the South Bank BID – the officers are guaranteed not to be deployed elsewhere except in the case of a major incident.
The aim is to enhance police visibility in the area, to undertake targeted activity against crime and anti social behaviour and to use the additional police resources to reinforce the contribution made by South Bank Patrol where a full Police presence is required. We believe this additional resource will make a difference.
Find out more about Met Patrol Plus here.