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Havering Safer Neighbourhood teams call for new ward panel members

PUBLISHED: 13:32 10 May 2016

Police are calling for more people to become ward panel members in Havering.
Pc Ricky Parry, Elm Park ward chairman Trevor Neal, and Pc James McMahon.

Police are calling for more people to become ward panel members in Havering. Pc Ricky Parry, Elm Park ward chairman Trevor Neal, and Pc James McMahon.

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If you want to make a difference in your community by helping to deter crime, then becoming a ward panel member could be for you.

Police are calling for volunteers to step up and assist officers in making the borough a safer place to live.

PCSO Bradley Williams of the Elm Park Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “There isn’t a particular characteristic that people need to have to become a panel member, it’s just those who want to have an active involvement in helping their ward.

“As the police, we want to have a clear and open relationship with the public because it is the public that we are protecting.

“Ward panels allow us to better understand what is happening in the area – we’re not there 24/7 so having people on the other side of the fence helps us to see what we need to do.”

Volunteer panel members meet Safer Neighbourhood Team officers once every two to three months to discuss what has been happening in the area, what issues residents are facing and to set goals for the team to aim for.

People from “all walks of life”, including young people, are being encouraged to join and have their say.

Trevor Neil, ward chairman for Elm Park, said; “Happily, Havering is one of the safest boroughs in all of London.

“This is due to Neighbourhood Policing Teams who, with the support of local residents, have worked hard in recent years to bring down levels of crime and antisocial behaviour and make Havering a safe place to live.

“Ward panels need to be fully representative of their local population, and are open to anyone residing in the ward, including young people and members of various minorities.”

Contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team to find out how you can become a ward panel member.

For contact details go to content.met.police.uk/Borough/Havering/Contact

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