Ex-Hillingdon policeman lands role with new London community crime fighting body

Mr Walters,centre, who won Hillingdon Borough volunteer of the year for his work as a member of Neighbourhood Watch Mr Walters,centre, who won Hillingdon Borough volunteer of the year for his work as a member of Neighbourhood Watch

A former Hillingdon policeman will represent the borough in a new organisation aiming to help communities assist the police to fight crime.

Brian Walters, a retired senior police officer from Ickenham, and chair of Hillingdon Neighbourhood Watch, has taken a board member role at the London Community Watch Trust, formed by the London Neighbourhood Watches.

Mr Walters, whose police career stretched 30 years, said: "I am delighted to be a member of the new board and representing our borough.

“We live in challenging times. We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the MPS, we have massive public support and we will do all we can to support our police and the wider community."

He said: “The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has signalled that he wants strong community engagement and of course NHW, which is apolitical, is in a position to deliver on that.”

Trust chairman Mark Glazer said: “This newly formed body will become the true voice of the communities of London in our combined effort to help and support the Metropolitan Police Service to actively reduce crime and promote personal safety in the Metropolis.

“This is a pivotal moment in the history of NHW, London is taking a firm grasp on its own development, independent of any other organisation.

The group intends to use the “latest technologies to assist in communication and networking, to provide a useful support mechanism for all neighbourhood watches in the capital”.

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The stated aims of the London Community Watch are to provide “a focal point for Neighbourhood Watches across London”, with two initial primary objectives:

To raise funds and provide resources to facilitate both the transition of NHW from Metropolitan Police led boroughs to their communities and to assist existing borough associations in their development.

To provide a medium for the effective exchange of information between borough associations.

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