Policing in Brockley

Cllr Walton has written a very good article about changes to the policing strategy for Brockley, which will see more officers walking solo beats, so that the same number of police can cover more ground than if they travel in pairs.

As Cllr Walton notes, the subject of visible policing was brought up by the Brockley traders group at the recent Assembly, with the manager of Speedicars noting that his 40+ drivers rarely reported seeing police on the streets as they drove around the area.

19 comments:

Lorna J said...

They all seem to hide along Howson Road (coincedentally where the "mini" Police Station is). Often see pairs of police ambling along there. Otherwise, the only other visibility is a police car speeding along Brockley Road.

It would be good to see a change in this strategy and lets hope they stop hiding in the back streets.

Anonymous said...

looks likes they could do with a walk http://bit.ly/bxcdeZ

Anonymous said...

I think this could be dangerous for the Police Officers,they would have no back up,plus no one to be a witness of an Incident.Its my word against yours mate.

Mb said...

As always I suspect people over estimate the level of violence out there. How often will said bill have to deal with something violent? I don't know but it's not The Wire on the streets of Se4

Anonymous said...

Those Speedicar drivers can't be driving up Adelaide Avenue very often then - there's one every 10 minutes coming screeching past our house.

Anonymous said...

he means out of their cars walking around....

Anonymous said...

The police presence is very evident outside Fishy Business on Harefield Rd.

Rumour has it The Lewisham Police Fast Response Team regularly hold time trials up and down the Brockley Road.

When they inevitably have a smash up, you can bet that they will claim it will be in response to an emergency rather than ferrying the Sergeants takeaway back to the station.

Brockley Road is very dangerous and I am not sure Lewishams finest are making it any safer by behaving like the Keystone Cops.

Anonymous said...

Ah someone else who believes our boys in blue use there sirens to get through red lights because they cant wait.

Anonymous said...

Please, oh, please councillor get them to STOP wearing those dreadful Dayglo jackets. Get them back into the uniform the public so once respected.

Monkeyboy said...

This thread is getting surreal... Why not get them saying "now then, now then, whats all this.." "evening all" "he fell down the stairs" like they used to, that'll put the fear of god in the little scamps.

Anonymous said...

I'd have said it's not just around Fishy Business that they frequently have a conspicuous presence, Gulen's, City Noodle & the Chicken place all get more than their fair share of attention.

Must be they know something the rest of us don't, like 99% of streetcrimes are committed within 20 metres of deep fat frier.

Anonymous said...

Or they get frre meals.

Murk said...

Why not attach a webcam of some sort to our officers. Useful evidence tool, and something to watch whilst on your lunch break at work.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea and will no doubt make the police seem far more approachable.

I have seen police walking the streets of Brockley - but true to say - usually at the station, near Howsen, Foxberry and Brockley Road and rarely elsewhere.

Oh and also, occasionally, a police horse clip clopping its way down Wickham Road (which makes me think how Brockley must have sounded 120 years ago).

trixie said...

If ever you experience crime at about 8:30am you can always find some of them in the bakers near cranfield rd buying bacon sandwiches (how appropriate) - also i thought the ones in day-glo were the plastic police?

Anonymous said...

As an aside, I remember meeting a lady at business networking meeting a couple of years ago who had hit upon a rather interesting market for her lifestyle coaching services.

Not for her career changelings adrift and rudderless. Nor the merchant bankers keen to outflank their rivals as they climb the slippery pole. Nor even dissappointed souls who had been unlucky in love.

She had gone public sector and had hit upon a rich seam of clientele amongst the constabulary.

She ran off an impressive list of police authorities she had on her books. Each with the same pressing problem.

The policemans addiction to fast food was undermining their effectiveness as surely as it was overhanging their belt.

She had discovered there was money to be made out of fat policemen.

She taught them food awareness and a set of techniques to avoid regular indulgence.

I forget whether Lewishams finest were on her list. If they were, it is clear that some may not have been paying full attention during the burger avoidance module.

patrick1971 said...

Heaven forbid that the police should actually eat. I have never had so much as a snack whilst working.

Anonymous said...

The article makes some good points. I am glad to hear that the Met Police Federation have overcome their apprehensions about policemen patrolling singly rather than is a double act. Its not as if all they have to rely on is a whistle and a trucheon these days.

http://www.bapcojournal.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/1503/GPS_will_improve_safety.html

If it overcomes the pervasive fear of crime that blights some peoples lives it will be a great improvement.

Headhunter said...

I have to say, I have never seen a policeman on the streets of Brockley, as the 1st poster says, I only every see them flying by at high speed, lights flashing, sirens wailing, along Lewisham Way. It would be good to see them out and about in the community.

Also I agree about the dayglo jackets - makes them visible but it often leaves me wondering whether it's the police or just a builder or streetsweeper...

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