New officers to police Hounslow estates

LB Hounslow and the Met Police are jointly funding new officers to patrol the council’s estates.

Four new estate police officers (EPOs) will start patrolling following a match-funding agreement between the council and the Metropolitan Police.

The team will be based at the Civic Centre along with the council’s existing police team, and will be patrolling housing estates late at night.

Cllr Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration at the council, said: “These EPOs will make a real difference to the quality of life of people living on our housing estates, and will be focussing on issues that are of concern to them.

“As well as helping us tackle crime in council owned properties, they will be working with Hounslow Homes to patrol crime hot spots and areas suffering from anti-social behaviour.”

Rob Weir, Chief Inspector for Hounslow Police said: “The aim of this initiative is to provide a reassuring physical police presence on Hounslow Homes estates, for those police officers to become known in the local community, listen to residents’ concerns and earn their respect by taking positive action addressing those concerns.

“Any instances of anti-social behaviour or crime will be robustly tackled; the knowledge the dedicated estates officers will build up of troublemakers and priority areas will make them all the more effective in sensitively dealing with any issues.”

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