Did you know that when the Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) scheme was introduced, each ward in London had one Sergeant, two Police Constables and three Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)?

New research from Southwark Liberal Democrats analysing the Metropolitian Police Workforce Data Reports between April and October 2023 shows that policing in Champion Hill and Dulwich Village wards are 'under strength'. Champion Hill ward has no PCSOs assigned to it whereas Dulwich Village ward has had the number of PCs reduced to 1.

Therefore, your Dulwich Liberal Democrat team are launching the 'Safer Dulwich' campaign calling on the Metropolitan Police and Southwark Council to do the following:

  1. The Metropolitan Police should ensure a full and consistent team of local Police Constables and PCSOs in the Dulwich wards' Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
    • Dulwich wards includes Champion Hill, Dulwich Hill, Dulwich Village, Dulwich Wood and Goose Green.
       
  2. The Dulwich Safer Neighbourhood Teams should increase visibility, prioritising patrols at school times and in areas where school children walk to and from school.
     
  3. Southwark Council should reverse its cuts to Community Wardens in the Dulwich area, working with local police teams to increase the overall visibility of policing in the area.
    • Southwark Council has cut the number of Community Wardens by more than 70%. The Council should dedicate part of its recent £2 million budget increase for Community Wardens to bring back Community Wardens for Dulwich.
       
  4. Southwark Council should work with local businesses to increase the number of registered Safe Havens and Safe Spaces where people can go if they're in fear.
    • The Council provides training for staff at Safe Havens and Safe Spaces to support anyone who feels unsafe or has been harassed, including organising safe transport home or calling family, friends or the police. While there are over 40 locations across Southwark, there are none in Dulwich Village, East Dulwich or Herne Hill.
       
  5. Southwark Council should undertake a review of street lighting across Dulwich, working with local residents to improve poor street lighting, particularly in areas of high footfall.
    • In our surveys, one of the most popular suggestions for what would make people feel safer in the area, particular for women and children, is better street lighting.
       
  6. Southwark Council should dedicate a part of its 'Cleaner, Greener, Safer' funding in the Dulwich area to crime prevention measures, such as free home property marking kits.

 

Safer Dulwich

I/we, the undersigned, demand that the Metropolitan Police and Southwark Council work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the Dulwich area by increasing police patrols in high-footfall areas and improving community safety, especially for women and children.

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