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Local Policing Changes

As you may be aware, the merger of the police service across the three boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon took place on Wednesday 6 June.

The new policing organisation for the area will be known as the West Area Basic Command Unit (BCU).  It will be one of twelve similar BCUs across Greater London.

The attached presentation provides an overview of the new policing arrangements – and includes the names of the more senior post holders. 

The police outlined the new structure and arrangements at a briefing for their operational partners on Monday.  These partners included officers from the three councils, the local borough Fire Service commanders and the London Ambulance Service.  A small number of community representatives were also present.

A considerable amount of thought has clearly gone into the preparations.  They have also been informed by the knowledge gained from Chief Superintendent Paul Martin’s secondment earlier this year to assist one of the pilot BCU’s in East London. 

The arrangements have been further informed by a detailed and dispassionate analysis as to where specialist functions would best ‘fit’.

There will be five integrated functional components to the BCU.  These are summarised on page 4 and then set out in more detail on pages 12 to 22.  

Paul Martin expressed a determination that the new organisation will be responsive to the public and will work closely with its partners.

The polices are also sensitive of the need to develop officers to fill the inevitable future vacancies which will occur in what will be a ‘lean’ structure.

The following are some of the points which came up during the Q&A.  They are not in any particular order.  In most cases there is more information on pages 12 to 22.

  • There is an overriding intention to minimise the number of different officers who are needed to progress an inquiry and/or respond to enquiries from partner organisations, e.g. about safeguarding.
  • Response officers are now provided with tablets etc so that they can comprehensively record the details of a crime while they are still with the victim, rather than the incident needing a succession of interventions by many different officers over a number of days.
  • Considerable thought has gone into the operation and home locations of the vehicle-based response teams, including travel times by road between the different parts of the BCU.  The use of a single operations room will enable response resources to be shared and optimised across all three boroughs.
  • There will continue to be a strong emphasis on Neighbourhood Policing, with DWO’s and PCSO’s being ringfenced to their wards in all but the most pressing of emergencies.
  • There will be a major focus on safeguarding, with many previously disparate roles being integrated into the new safeguarding team.
  • There will be a greater integration of the officers working youth and schools.
  • CID will focus on serious and complex cases, with other cases being handled by the response and neighbourhood teams.
  • All uniformed officers are now wearing bodycams.
  • There will be an initiative to increase the number of Special Constables.
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