Northcote ward SNT are champs

Published: Tuesday 29th March 11

A neighbourhood police team in Battersea has been named the winner of a coveted award designed to recognise excellent community policing in the borough.

The Northcote ward safer neighbourhoods team (SNT) has won the title of Wandsworth Police Safer Neighbourhoods TeThe officers are presented with their award by Wandsworth's Mayor Cllr Piers McCauslandam of 2010 - beating off stiff competition from the competition's runners-up - the East Putney ward SNT.

The Northcote officers were nominated for the award by dozens of local residents and businesses for its work in tackling issues of local concern

Among the plaudits they received were the following:

"They helped me a lot. I had problems with a neighbour and it is over thanks to the team. I was worried and now I'm not."

"The SNT provide a valuable service to local businesses. They patrol regularly and their presence helped to decrease shop crime and as a consequence have contributed to a safer working/trading environment."

"The boys are warm, helpful, approachable and a definite asset. My son was in trouble recently and one of the team was there to handle it and so professionally and sensitively."

"The team are amazing. As a local business and local resident they have been absolutely outstanding when issues have happened in the store. They go out of their way to help us and go beyond their job role. We see them as part of our team. They are the 'glue' that sticks the community together. My life and work would be so much harder if I did not have this team to rely on."

The council's executive member for community safety Cllr James Cousins said: "Judging by the number of nominations they received and the quality of the comments, the Northcote ward SNT has clearly done a great job in speaking to local residents and businesses and acting effectively to address their concerns.

"Neighbourhood policing is a difficult job but these officers have excelled at it and delivered a first class service to their community."

The SNT were presented with their award by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Piers McCausland. The competition judges were Cllr Cousins, Chief Insp Pete Turner of Wandsworth police and Sylvie Chrzanowska, chair of the Wandsworth Neighbourhood Watch Association.

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