Merton second in London for police partnership

Partnership work between Merton Council and the local police in the last year has been rated second best in London in the recent Police Public Attitude Survey.

Almost three quarters (72%) of respondents to the survey rated the partnership between the council and the police in Merton as either good or excellent, a 13% increase from last year putting Merton as the second highest rated out of the 32 boroughs overseen by the Met Police.

The Police Public Attitude Survey is undertaken quarterly and measures how local people feel about the work the police do in the community with results reported once a year.

The council and the police in Merton have always worked closely together but both have responded to the evolving needs of residents by coming together more in recent years. Last year the borough introduced its first Safer Town Centre team in Wimbledon, bringing together the police, PCSOs, the council’s neighbourhood wardens and town centre managers.

Other projects reinforcing Safer Merton’s strong partnership work include Merton being the only borough in the country to have won recognition through the Home Office Tilley awards for the past three years in a row. In 2007 Merton was listed as finalist for its work on gangs and in 2008 the borough won the regional award for its work at King George’s playing field to reduce anti-social behaviour. This year the ‘Tout and you’re Out’ programme, working together to enforce a dispersal zone to help get rid of illegal ticket touts and the related crime and anti-social behaviour at the Wimbledon tennis championships, was also a finalist.

Through the Safer Merton partnership the council and police have also recently been nominated for local government awards for projects to help excluded adults and those facing mental health issues.

Local people are also pleased with Merton police overall. Almost 80% of people rated the police as doing very well, the 4th highest rating in London and 75% said they are responding to what the community wants, 8th highest in the London table and a 12% increase on last year.

Merton Police Chief Superintendent Chris Bourlet said:
” These public attitude surveys are a crucial tool to ensure constant improvement in the work we do and so these results are very encouraging. Working in partnership with the council is key to understanding and responding to the needs of local people and we are very pleased that these results reflect the success of our work together.”

Councillor Henry Nelless, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety and engagement said:

“Merton is consistently ranked as one of the top five safest boroughs in London. One of the reasons for this is the excellent work the police do in the borough and the close partnership we have with them.

“Being both a winner and nominee for the Home Office’s national Tilley awards for the last three years is also testament to the success of our partnership working and we aim to build on this continued success to meet the needs of residents in the future.”

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Notes to editor:

– The annual Home Office Tilley awards recognise innovative partnership work and crime fighting projects throughout the country.