More than 40 additional police officers will be active in the Hammersmith & Fulham areas of London thanks to investment by Westfield shopping centre, it was confirmed today.
The retail hub and Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council have jointly invested £5 million to boost officer numbers in three key shopping locations, including the Westfield site.
Around £750,000 of the total is being paid by Westfield over three years to supply a permanent onsite police team with high visibility patrols inside the centre.
Emma Hindes, General Manager at Westfield London, says: “Westfield London is part of the local community and we are pleased to be contributing to ensuring the area remains safe and secure for residents and shoppers alike.
“We have worked closely with the council and the Metropolitan Police on this initiative and we feel it will benefit not only the shopping centre but the wider area.”
Along with Westfield, police numbers are to be boosted at Hammersmith Broadway and Fulham Broadway with two extra inspectors, four more sergeants and 38 additional police constables in these areas.
Despite the 26 million people who visit Westfield London each year, it still claims to be one of the safest shopping centres in the country with less than 80 crimes committed at the location each month.
Greg Smith, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Cabinet Member for Residents Services, commented: “Residents are getting more cops for their buck than ever before.
“We are giving the Met the tools to cut crime and now we expect results. All inner city boroughs present significant crime challenges but our goal remains to become one of the safest boroughs in the country.”