A new service to improve safety in parks and open spaces has started in Hounslow.
Community safety specialists, Parkguard, will be patrolling the borough’s parks and open spaces on a 12 month trial.
Park patrol officers will deliver a reassuring presence when needed, help enforce by laws and assist the police in helping to reduce crime.
The officers will work alongside Carillion, who manage the borough’s parks and open spaces on behalf of the council. They will jointly help improve community safety, tackle anti-social behaviour and other issues such as fly tipping and illegal encampments.
The council has introduced the service following a recent survey which highlighted safety in parks was among residents’ top priorities.
While on duty, park patrol officers will travel in a marked vehicle and will be accompanied by a patrol dog, so that searches can be carried out if necessary.
Along with the council’s Enforcement Team, Parkguard will play an important role as a point of contact for residents and park visitors.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “The Parkguard pilot scheme will help the council to improve community safety in our parks.
“It will provide detailed information on particular key hotspots and help to identify what type of enforcement is required, where and when.
“The safety of our residents and park users is paramount and we want them to enjoy the marvellous parks and open spaces we have in our borough.”
To contact Parkguard or Carillion please call 0845 456 2796 or email Hounslow.firstname.lastname@example.org.