19 October 2010

Lambeth pioneers new anti-social behaviour rapid response team

A pilot scheme across Lambeth aimed at reducing anti social behaviour is being met by the Leader of Lambeth Council Steve Reed and Police Borough Commander, Nick Ephgrave.

The anti social behaviour rapid response team has been set up after Labour in Lambeth campaigned in the recent local elections to introduce a zero tolerance approach to anti social behaviour. By introducing uniformed hit squads under police command will ensure that the work to tackle anti-social behaviour continues.

The rapid response team is currently being piloted and consists of seven PCSOs, one Sergeant and two PCs. If the pilot scheme is successful the proposal will be rolled out across the borough with a total of 22 PCSOs, five Sergeants and two PCs plus one inspector.

The new team will help make Lambeth a safer environment for residents in spite of the recent Conservative and Liberal Democrat Government admission that policing across the country will face cuts with an estimated 60,000 front line and civilian jobs at risk creating a ‘Christmas for criminals’ scenario.

Labour in Lambeth plan to go further in making Lambeth safe by pledging to;
  • Making offenders pay back for their crimes by carrying out work in the local area chosen by the people who live there.
  • Expanding the dogs service to round up animals used for fighting.
  • Tackle youth and gang related crime with a stark choice for offenders to accept help to get out of crime or face tough sanctions that will stop them re offending.
  • Expand the Domestic Violence Team to support more victims and reduce violence in the home.
Leader of Lambeth Council Councillor Steve Reed said "This is a ground-breaking new way of tackling anti-social behaviour head-on because people have the right not to feel scared or intimidated by a small minority of individuals who choose to behave this way. Labour’s measures will help to ensure Lambeth remains a safe place for everyone to live and work."