Residents in Tower Hamlets have praised a project that has helped to reduce crime in their neighbourhood. The ‘Dealer a Day’ programme sees Charter Security working with Tower Hamlets enforcement officers and Partnership Task Force (PTF) police officers to combat drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in an initiative led by the local authority.
In response to residents’ concerns, sniffer dogs and general patrol dogs are being used to detect a variety of items, including potential weapons and drugs. The pilot initiative began at the end of 2013, and was so successful it has been extended into an ongoing project.
That project has already achieved extremely positive results, disrupting numerous drug deals and detecting and seizing several quantities of cannabis. Indeed, recent raids have led to the seizure of heroin, cocaine and cannabis with a street value of over £6,000.
Regular patrols combat the problem at source, helping to disrupt and prevent drug deals taking place. The dog patrols target high risk areas during what would be considered ‘peak’ drug trading/anti-social behaviour hours.
Six tower blocks formed the pilot area, which has now been extended to cover 15. Stairwells of Tower Hamlets Homes managed properties are regularly visited and patrolled, and dogs are also used in open areas such as greens.
Bringing drug dealers to justice
Trevor Kennett, head of enforcement services at Tower Hamlets, explained: “I know that residents want the council, police and our partners to work together to stamp out drug dealing and bring drug dealers to justice. These latest patrols with Charter Security’s dog handling services are part of our continuing efforts to do just that.”
Part of Grosvenor Services, Charter Security has an impressive client list covering the commercial, construction and corporate sectors. Customers include Balfour Beatty, The Corporation of London and Network Rail. Services offered by the company include security guarding, key holding, alarm response, concierge and Front of House, Control Room management and CCTV monitoring, Mail Room services, dog handling and event and personal security.
Robert Hanratty, operations director for Charter Security, said: “We’re proud to have played such a key role in this project. It shows how successful partnership working between public and private sector organisations can produce excellent results – in this case a marked reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Established in Ireland back in 1959, Grosvenor Services is a family-owned and run facilities services company with operations throughout Ireland, the UK and the USA. The organisation provides corporate businesses in a range of sectors with the highest possible levels of service.