Home Secretary launches joint Merton Council and Police ‘Boroughbeat’ initiative

Merton Council employees are to double up as part-time police officers under the new Boroughbeat initiative launched by the Home Secretary, the Right Honourable Charles Clarke this week.

A partnership scheme with Merton police, Boroughbeat will give Merton council workers the opportunity to become special constables, offering them time off their day jobs in return for 26 shifts a year with the Met.

The specials will patrol one day a fortnight in key crime areas, often alongside experienced police officers.

Right Honourable Charles Clarke MP said: “I am deeply impressed with the partnership between the council and the police to fight crime on the streets of Merton. And pay tribute to Merton for the range of different approaches, which are being made to fight crime. I will hold up Merton’s achievement as an example throughout the country.”

Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Judge said: “Merton has jumped from the eight to the third safest London borough in the last three months. I am confident this initiative will help significantly in further enhancing Merton as a safe place to live, work and learn.”

Merton Borough Commander, Michael Wood said: “I would encourage as many council officers as possible to take part in Boroughbeat. We want to send out a clear message. That we want to be the safest borough in London”.