Yesterday I got a notice about the next Ealing Community & Police Consultative Group meeting on 6th February at 7.30pm in the Queen’s Room at Ealing Town Hall. These meetings are a great opportunity for the public to meet the Borough Commander and other senior police officers, hear about local crime stats and make sure that local views are fed into the police’s priorities locally. Only 6 people turned up to the last meeting which seems like a missed opportunity. I have been harassing chairman Charles Gallichan to publicise the meetings better and maybe to get some help from the council to set up a website. If you are free that night come along and get involved.
I raised the issue of public access to policing information with Collette Paul, the Borough Commander, at the Ealing Area Committee meeting on 15th November. She said that the council and the police are discussing improving web access to information on policing, especially with reference to statistics. I have seen nothing from the police or EC&PCG since then.
On the 15th November Paul did mention that crime stats are available on the Met’s website. They are and they are pretty good. Follow the link. You can even get ward-by-ward stats. Comparing this calendar year with last overall crime is down 1.5% at 36,591 crimes. Unfortunately this number includes 9 murders, 84 rapes and roughly 10,000 robberies and other acts of violence.