I attended both Bow East and Bow West police public meetings last week. They were a great way to enable residents to find out more about the Ward Panels and also to meet their SNT team. The evenings were broken up into sections with a presentation from the Police, sessions to allow groups to informally raise issues, and then a Question and Answer session.
Residents in Bow east were understandably concerned about the recent murder in Parnell Road, and the police gave those attending reassurance that the matter was being investigated. However they were therefore unable to go into too much detail so as not to prejudice the ongoing investigation.
A lot of resident's concerns were much wider than what the Police could do. In particular, there were concerns over cleanliness of streets (dog fouling etc), facilities for young peoples, and general lack of society.
I chaired the meeting as the Bow East Ward Panel chair, and was pleased with how it went. The police seemed to feel that the meeting was worthwhile and that it was a good opportunity to help allay residents concerns and gather information.
If you have an issue to report, don't forget you can go directly to the SNT, or call Crimestoppers. Equally if it is Bow east issue, please feel free to e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will raise it at the next ward panel meeting.