The team will consist of 1 sergeant, 2 constables and 8 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). By focusing on the town centre it will be there to concentrate on providing a visible presence and focus on the problems associated with a retail centre.
The council has been pushing for a dedicated police team for the town centre for some time. I first raised the issue with Len Duvall – who was Ken Livingstone’s appointee as Metropolitan Police Authority chairman. While in public he was very warm of the idea, almost promising Tooting could be a pilot for such a scheme, unfortunately when we followed up his response was a little different. In fact it could be summarised in two words.
However, Boris is a lot warmer on the idea than his predecessor, so within a month Tooting Town Centre will have it’s own 11 strong police team.