The Metropolitan Police’s prestigious Safer Neighbourhood Team of the year award went to Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods in 2022.
Safer Neighbourhoods Tower Hamlets includes many agencies including
- Tower Hamlets Council
- Tower Hamlets Homes ASB Team
- Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Teams
- Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association
- All schools, landlords, agencies, who participated
Safer Neighbourhoods Team of the Year Award
For those who make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.
Tower Hamlets suffered an increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) and drug offending, which had a negative impact on local communities. The team made it their mission to improve the situation and connect with those hard-to-teach communities, in the densely populated borough that is within five percent of the most deprived areas nationally.
In 2021, the Tower Hamlets Homes Policing Team developed and led on several operations including Operation Mizuna, which used data to identify hotspots and drive action. They chaired multi-agency partnership and residents’ meetings, initiated numerous diversionary schemes for young people with partners, and piloted modern technology to improve information sharing pathways.
With partners, the team provided housing for the homeless and support to drug addicts. Their efforts over six months saw 50% reduction in ASB and in 2021 they seized £108,000 total value of drugs and cash, obtained 12 civil inunctions, made 231 arrests and seized 80 offensive weapons. Their action improved public confidence and the quality of life for others.
Their methods are now being adopted across Hackney and Tower Hamlets and beyond!
For the general public the engagement bus is most prominent to see in Neighbourhoods.