Following on from yesterday’s Youth Violence Commission meeting, I met with the new Borough Commander, Chief Superintended Rob Jones, for an introductory chat to discuss the merging of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea in to the Central West Basic Command Unit (BCU), as well as some of the constituency issues our offices can work together on in the coming weeks and months.
During our chat, we spoke on a range of issues, and despite the problems presented by the closure of Belgravia police station, moped enabled crime, aggressive begging and rough sleeping, I was encouraged by Ch Supt Jones’ optimism that the police in Westminster are well placed to meet these challenges and produce positive results.
The merging of forces in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea has been an area of concern and could have been a task fraught with difficulty, so it was reassuring to learn that the controlled nature with which this integration has taken place made the process for Westminster smooth and relatively painless. Ch Supt Jones also spoke positively about the benefits this streamlining will have on the police’s ability to tackle crime more effectively, which is encouraging news for both residents and local businesses.
I, of course, look forward to our next meeting and to our teams working closely together in future.