New police officers who will soon become familiar faces on the streets of New Addington and Fieldway, have today been unveiled, after the council and the MPS struck a deal to fund two extra posts.
PCs Lucy Butler and Alex Smith will be tasked with tackling antisocial behaviour and environmental crime such as fly-tipping and graffiti when they start patrols of their new patch on April 1.
They are funded through an agreement whereby the council will pay for one officer and the Metropolitan Police Service match funds a second.
Based at Addington station, the PCs will work closely with the Safer Neighbourhood Ward panels to help reduce antisocial behaviour, linked in particular to local problems such as illegal motorbike riding, shoplifting and drugs, and to build and improve relationships with local residents.
As well as having a vital visible presence in the community, they will work with the council to help make the area safer and more secure.
Earlier today the officers were welcomed to their new team, and introduced to Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for safety and justice, and local ward members.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to bring two additional police officers to Croydon. These appointments are part of our commitment to tackle antisocial behaviour and the fear of crime, and to improve confidence in policing in the New Addington and Fieldway area.
“They will also work alongside council officers in joint operations to tackle fly tipping, graffiti and antisocial behaviour.”
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for safety and justice
Croydon Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant said: “The council’s generous funding of these extra officers in New Addington will increase police patrolling in the area and allow us to better deal with the local community’s concerns.”