SNT: The Policing Gap

In Limehouse, we've spent about two years working with the Safer Neighbourhoods Team with some success. The relationship is usually good. At the moment, the area is less turbulent and probably less druggy. However, random intruders still turn up in our blocks to drink and (probably) drug, piss and vomit in our stairwells and common areas.

There is also the debris of parties all around, cheap bottles of vodka, plastic cups, empty cans and smoking paraphernalia. Most of this, near us, is down to one off licence, All Seasons, recently granted an extended licence by LBTH. Here we see the start of non-joined-up thinking. No-one's human rights are breached if there is no booze available at 1am or later on.

The main thing is that there is nothing, after 5pm, for less major incidents and no routine patrolling (to keep the Pax Brittanica, as in the 1960s, rather than sanction breaches of it). This is partly due also, to the Blairy-boxes, a target led culture which rewards arrests/sanctions rather than 'keeping the peace'. So, for any evening/nightime incident -and all problems are likely to occur then!-, there's a choice between -nothing- and 999. Meanwhile, older people, for example, don't like to go out, I remember New York being like that in the 1980s.

I talked to someone informally about resources needed to provide policing -when it is needed- (as in the 1960s) and it's about double the current SNT level. Some of this can easily be provided by reducing Met bureaucracy -linked to targets and political correctness- and shifting from PCSOs to PCs (because PCSOs always have to be supervised by the actual police, anyway).

Restoration of the Pax Brittanica (see page 14 of the PDF below) would also increase economic activity (other than booze sales and betting shops) because of 'broken window theory', so much of it is self financing too, as if that matters (£12bn wasted on the NHS 'computer system' and at least £10bn on the 'Olympics', for example).

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