Bexley council have an excellent track record of working with other local agencies and the police to drive down crime in the borough. To help maintain and build on this work Bexley has been awarded £67,677 from the mayor’s London Crime Prevention Fund.
The deputy mayor for policing and crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said: ‘The London Crime Prevention Fund is an important way for us to work with boroughs to prevent crime and reduce the number of victims.’
Drug addiction is a significant driver to other criminal behaviour and the funds allocated to Bexley will support drug intervention staff working with local offenders that test positive for Class A drugs. Getting these people off of drugs will is an important step in preventing them re-offending.
Bexley’s cabinet lead for community safety, Cllr Don Massey, said: ‘We are working in partnership with other key agencies – including the police and local treatment providers – to address issues identified by local residents, such as drug and alcohol-related violence and we will ensure that treatment is an option for those arrested for these offences.’
I am pleased to see that Bexley council, supported by City Hall, are being proactive in the fight against crime and drug addiction.