Boris Johnson, Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip joined Manor Safer Neighbourhood Team at their regular drop-in surgery in Ruislip Manor library to listen to residents’ views on policing in Hillingdon.
Following the spike in crime in Ruislip last month, Boris spoke with the Borough Commander to seek assurances of the action the police were taking in response to these incidents. T/Chief Superintendent Wingrove confirmed there would be an increase in uniformed patrols in addition to plain clothes officers with full investigations taking place through the collaboration of CID and the Neighbourhood Teams.
Further to this discussion and the concerns raised by local residents, Boris was keen to attend the open meeting to hear from the local community what is needed to ensure residents feel Hillingdon is a safe place to live and work. During the meeting, the discussion also turned to the importance of police visibility and Boris’ support for the campaign to reopen Uxbridge Police Station.
After the meeting Boris commented: “I felt it was important to be here today to hear from residents about their views on crime in the area. It is clear police visibility is an overriding concern and I have been assured by the Borough Commander of the increase in patrols in response to the incidents.
An important point raised today, and one I’d encourage all constituents to be mindful of, is the role of social media. It can be vital in sharing information but accuracy is paramount, I’d encourage anyone worried about reports of crime to contact your local SNT who would be happy to verify any reports. Hillingdon is a low crime borough and I will be doing all I can to support the borough’s police force to maintain this.”