Woolwich town centre policing team of 19 officers begins work

A new town centre policing team in Woolwich has taken centre stage at a PR event with local politicians in attendance.

There will be 19 officers – which is part of 500 across London covering 19 town centres and covered on this site last October.

Pictured alongside police and politicians for the photoshoot were Greenwich Council’s recently privatised “enforcement officers”.

They patrol and can issue fines for dropping litter amongst other issues.

The authority made some of its own staff redundant after 2019, outsourced to a private company named LA Support who now retain the lion’s share of income from fines.

The council leader stated today this was an investment.

No income from the enforcement team operated by LA Support has been received by Greenwich while “set-up costs” were met, and only then would income be split 50-50 after LA Support take a £20 fee per ticket.

LA Support estimated issuing 5,000 tickets in a year which at £80 a pop would generate £400,000, yet Greenwich Council receive just £20,000. Even accounting for not all fines being paid, that’s an extremely low sum.

Extract from council report

Rather than improve the existing council team and claim additional revenue, they chose to disband and outsource, and over time will lose much potential revenue.

It follows a track record of outsourcing. Parking in much of the council’s housing estate and shopping parades was outsourced to a company called Wing Security who retained all income from fines. Extremely odd in a time of cuts.

Abbey Wood estate. 3,000 home area managed by private company who couldn’t access driver details for years

The authority have now brought that back in-house after central Government warned them back in 2014 that private companies would no longer have access to DVLA records from 2016 to seek the registered driver of a vehicle. It’s taken six years for Greenwich to act since that change was made – and in that time parking became an ever bigger free-for-all with enforcement impossible in some instances. They portrayed it as operating “at no cost to the council” – as if giving away all revenue was a win!

Privatised parking enforcement

It sometimes seems a parallel universe in Greenwich; a Tory government forcing an end to parking privatisation which a Labour council takes 8 years to enact – and even renews the private firm’s contract in between to loss of income for better services.

 

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4 thoughts on “Woolwich town centre policing team of 19 officers begins work

  • February 14, 2022 at 4:02 pm
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    I have reported several times that the street lighting around the grassed areas in front of Tesco is out without anything happening.

    The lighting in General Gordon Square is ridiculous. The top 2m of the the over tall poles is lit whereas there is no lighting at ground level.

    Hardly worth having improved CCTV if nothing can be seen on it.

    Hopefully the Police team will have good torches.

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  • February 14, 2022 at 7:38 pm
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    Great news, let’s see how effective they are are tackling the anti-social behaviour that is rife in the town centre e.g. littering, loitering, drunkeness, eScooters, car parking, delinquent children, mad preachers, shop lifters, drugs etc.

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  • February 14, 2022 at 11:01 pm
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    I, for one, am sick and tired of this Council giving away revenue that rightfully belongs to the citizens of the Burrough. I will not be voting for the status quo, when elections happen, I only wish my fellow citizens would do the same.

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  • February 15, 2022 at 2:39 pm
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    A total disregard to the well-being of this Borough and its general upkeep of the public Realm amd public Services. Labour failings again and again… just the funds what could of been invested Borough wide from these contracts. Time to vote them out in May.

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