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On the beat with Sgt Elam

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:

  • graffiti
  • 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.

One reply on “On the beat with Sgt Elam”

[…] Back in June your three Northfield councillors did a tour with our excellent Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant (see previous post). As we walked past South Ealing tube he mentioned that one of his issues is cab drivers urinating in the area. Although there is one of those automated public loos opposite the tube station it is very rarely in working order. The real problem though is London Underground. Apparently their rental contract with the minicab company does not allow even fulltime office staff to use the station’s staff loos, let alone the minicab drivers. […]

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