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Havering scheme to tackle Romford's nighttime crime wins award in America

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:32 27 October 2015

A partnership between havering Council and the Met Police has won the 2015 Herman Goldstein Award for its work managing the night time economy in Romford.

A partnership between havering Council and the Met Police has won the 2015 Herman Goldstein Award for its work managing the night time economy in Romford.

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A scheme to reduce violent crime linked to Romford's nighttime economy has won an award in America.

The partnership between Havering Council and the Met Police was announced winner of the Herman Goldstein Award for excellence in problem-orientated policing in Portland, Oregon, on Friday.

Borough Commander Ch Sup Jason Gwillim said:“I am very proud of the officers who have been involved in the project and this is a great example of what can be achieved by working with our partners.

“I am tremendously appreciative of the effort that has been put in and pleased that the partnership work has been recognised on an international platform. Winning the Goldstein award is a fabulous achievement.”

The award was collected at the ceremony in the USA by acting Insp Neal Donohoe, who represented Havering Police and the council at the event and said he was “shocked but delighted” at the results.

The Havering partnership’s submission was called Safe and Sound; violent crime in the night time economy.

During the course of the partnership crime linked to the town’s night-time economy fell by 35 per cent.

Havering Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Osman Dervish, said:“I’m absolutely delighted that the Havering safe and sound partnership has won such a prestigious international award.

“The dramatic reduction in night-time crime has transformed Romford from a crime hotspot into a thriving family friendly entertainment centre that draws in investment and customers from a wide surrounding area.”

The award recognises a project that has achieved measurable success in resolving recurring specific crime, disorder or public safety problems faced by police and the community and is available to enter from any governmental policing agencies worldwide.

Havering partnership was shortlisted among five other finalists for the award, which is in its 25th year. Also shortlisted were submissions from Lewisham Safer Transport Team and Waltham Forest Safety Net Partnership, which tackled alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

The remaining two finalists were American initiatives from Milwaukee and Oregon.

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