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Borough welcomes new bobbies

Twenty of the new police recruits that are coming to work in Waltham Forest, and who are currently being trained at Hendon Police Training College, paid a visit to Walthamstow Town Hall last month.

Council Leader Chris Robbins and Cabinet Member for Community Safety Councillor Liaquat Ali welcomed the recruits along with Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Mark Collins.

Waltham Forest Council’s community-backed campaign for extra police resources paid off last year with the announcement that the borough will receive the capital’s biggest increase in police officers.

Over 7,500 local residents backed the Council’s campaign calling on the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Mayor of London to redress the balance in police numbers and give Waltham Forest its fair due.

Despite facing clear inner city challenges Waltham Forest suffered a lack of resource because it was classed as an ‘outer London’ borough. This meant it received far fewer police officers than neighbouring boroughs such as Hackney and Newham.

“We have worked hard over the years, paying for extra officers and finding innovative solutions such as our anti-gangs initiative,” explained Chris Robbins.

“We really value our local force and have an excellent working partnership with them, but what we really always needed was more police on the streets, and thankfully we have now managed to make that a reality with 119 new officers coming to Waltham Forest.

“I say we because we spearheaded the campaign, but the local community need to take a lot of credit for rallying behind the push to convince the Mayor.”Photo: Just some of the new police recruits coming to the borough on the steps of Walthamstow Town Hall along with Council Leader Chris Robbins, Cllr Liaquat Ali and Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Mark Collins.

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