Electronic policing

We, from the local Conservative Party have protested against the closure of local police stations, and we as local residents have protested against the closure of local housing offices but to no avail.

Local services have gone electronic and rely too much on the electronic highways, may that be via phone, e-mail or Internet.

Predictions have shown us, that with earth warming and bad weather periods, the electronic communications network will be disrupted, so how are people going to get in touch with the police force? We cannot rely upon being able to contact police in any way whatsoever if we are miles from a police station.

Equally damaging to good policing is the fact that in case of terrorist attack, phone networks are being disabled. We had it before in the case of the London Underground bombings, that phone networks were disabled, and if that happens again, people can neither ring the police or the emergency services.

The good old Neighbourhood Watch network that exists throughout the counties, complements direct policing by establishing a social network that does support policing and guarantees a continuance of communications on a personal basis, even if electronic networks fail.

Yet here in inner London we get the political policing strategy from the Labour Party, a strategy that is alienated to Neighbourhood Watches because they are so popular in Conservative areas of the country.  Here in Tower Hamlets we get Champions, that exist on posters but whom I never met and do not know how to get in touch with.

Personally I now sit on every policing related panel in Tower Hamlets, may that be the Police and Community Safety Board, the local Safer Neighbourhood Police panel or the local landlord’s Anti-social behaviour panel, to get a grip of policing needs in inner London.

We cannot increasingly rely on electronic emergency services communications when we switch them off in case of national emergency. We need a good personal policing network, supported by a social Neighbourhood Watch network, that continues to function, even if in an emergency phone networks are switched off.

People need to get to know their local police officers again and the local police officers need to get to know the people again. The best effort for that would be to re-establish more local police stations and more bobbies on the beat and not less.

Here in Tower Hamlets police rely a lot on phone in complaints to devise policing needs, but that cannot be the only measurement that police  should rely on in any event.

It is nice though to see that in this week’s East End LIfe edition, Paul Rickett’s letter is published. Paul Rickett is the police commander of the Tower Hamlets police and a popular face by now. Paul is actually a very likable person, he sits on many public events, goes to panel meetings and is fully answerable to what he does. In his open letter Paul Rickett actually praises the work of Lynn, the local Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, a local volunteer. This means, there is light at the end  of the tunnel and that propaganda for Neighbourhood Watches goes full-steam ahead? Well at least a bit.

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