From April there will be an increased police and security presence in Camden Town to address community concerns around safety, the drug trade and anti-social behaviour.
The additional police and security will be funded from a number of sources including the Late Night Levy (made up from contributions from late night establishments serving alcohol), match funding from the police and contributions from Camden Town Unlimited and Market Tech.
A dedicated team of police officers and security personnel will be patrolling the Camden Town area, to provide support and reassurance to local businesses, and to tackle the growing number of drug dealers who operate in the area.
Simon Pitkeathley CEO – Camden Town Unlimited, said:
“I don’t blame the council or the police for this. They are where they are. We just can’t sit by and do nothing. The problem isn’t going away. We feel that we have to try and do something to challenge it.”
“Hopefully their presence will deter people from buying drugs, even if the dealers aren’t deterred.”
Recently the Council leader also announced an additional 540K investment to deliver assertive multi–agency hotspot teams operating across the borough to tackle entrenched street activity. This will make sure that those we engage with accept the services they need to start rebuilding their lives and that we are able to protect our communities from anti-social behaviour.
Camden Town will be one of the priority areas and the new investment present an opportunity to build more integration into our partnership delivery and deliver against the issues which are of most concern to residents and businesses in Camden Town. Sharing intelligence across teams and briefing between teams on a daily basis will be a key feature of the dynamic approach we are taking and will help maximise the impact of these new resources.