On Saturday morning the three Northfield councillors spent a couple of hours with Sgt Elam who leads the Northfield Safer Neighbourhood Team. Sgt Elam is an experienced officer with some history in the area as he used to run the Penny Farthing pub (now the Ealing Park Tavern).
The team’s priorities are:
- motor vehicle crime
- drug dealing
- anti-social behaviour.
The team has recently collared their second graffiti vandal so it sounds like they are making progress.
Unfortunately the team are not up to their promised strength. Sgt Elam’s team is short one PCSO. The Mayor promised that these teams would have a sergeant, a PC and 2 PCSOs by the end of April.
There is some talk of locating some of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams at Northfield tube station. The Northfield councillors want the Northfield team visible in the empty office at the front of the station. We will be writing to the Borough Commander, Collette Paul, to urge that this happens.
It goes without saying that the councillors are very supportive of Sgt Elam and his team.