Added on: 15th July, 2020 by O1
Last week, the BID team met with Superintendent Andy Brittain and Orpington MP Gareth Bacon to discuss increased policing in the town centre.
Since the disbandment of our town centre team as a result of policing budget pressures and restructuring, Orpington 1st has continually lobbied for an improved police presence on our high street, and has stayed in regular communication with BCU Commander, David Stringer.
Immediately following his election as Orpington's MP, Gareth Bacon met with the BID team and pledged his support for the BID's request for a boosted police presence in Orpington.
Superintendent Andy Brittain has signalled his support for neighbourhood focused policing with officers who engage with the business community.
The BID team were pleased to meet with both Gareth Bacon MP and Superintendent Andy Brittain last week to discuss the town centre's policing requirements and the need to:
• deter criminals
• reassure residents
• provide businesses with a safer and more profitable environment in which to trade
As a result of persistent lobbying and in the context of an uplift in police recruitment across the Met, we look forward to seeing the reinstatement of nominated police officers for Orpington town centre in autumn.
If you are a town centre business which has not joined Orpington Businesses Against Crime please contact us.