Councillors Meeting with New Area Police Commander
On Tuesday 14th May, Residents’ Association (UCRA) councillors attended a meeting in Romford Town Hall with the outgoing Metropolitan Police Tri-Borough Commander for Havering, Jason Gwillim and his successor, Stephen Clayman. Detective Chief Superintendent Clayman is not new to the borough, having previously worked here a decade ago.
Among the many issues that were raised was the future of the Police Community Team base in Corbets Tey Road. UCRA councillors had been led to believe that a final decision on its future would be made this week but were told that discussions were still ongoing. The police are looking to see whether there is any alternative accomodation available locally but are committed to retaining a police office within 20 minutes walking distance of both Cranham and Upminster wards. This would effectively rule out our community officers being moved to Hornchurch police station. We will keep you informed of any further updates.
Other points discussed included –
1) There are now two community officers per ward and their duties are ring-fenced to be working in their ward except in extreme circumstances, such as the recent climate change protests in central London. Most of the times when the officers are away from their ward are when they are undergoing training, have made an arrest or are appearing at court.
2) The recently highly publicised Havering Council payment for five extra police officers is still subject to final agreement. Whilst employed by the Metropolitan Police, these officers role, priorities and taskings will be subject of consultation with the council.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman – BCU Commander (East Area)