Frank O'Neill House

Frank O'Neill House

The Safer Neighbourhood Panel provides an opportunity for local residents, community group representiatives and others to meet their local police-the Safer Neighboourhood Team. Rob Hicks, Treasurer of the Oval Partnership, was recently appointed chair of the Oval Safer Neighbourhood Panel which had not met for some time so it was nice to see it up and running again. I came away from that meeting reassured that the police do indeed listen to community concerns and act on them – Well done Rob!

The panel helps set police priorities. These include/have included crime in Kennington Park, drug dealing on local estates, congregation of youths in certain local streets etc. The police do genuinely deploy resources to tackle such priorities and they also make it very clear what they can and can’t do. The congregation of youths was a challenging issue to resolve. It’s not that the youths are committing crime it’s just that they are bored.