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POLICE TO PATROL WITH PARKING ATTENDANTS

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Parking attendants are joining forces with the police as part of a new 'eyes and ears' initiative to tackle crime a...
Parking attendants are joining forces with the police as part of a new 'eyes and ears' initiative to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Partnership Plus is a joint initiative between Waltham Forest LBC, NCP and the Metropolitan Police and will see police officers patrolling alongside attendants in areas were high levels of assaults have been recorded.

In return, attendants will take a more active role in reporting any suspicious activity as well assisting in police operations such as Safer Neighbourhoods.

Attendants will also be issued with DNA testing kits - commonly known as spit kits - which have been successfully used elsewhere to prosecute members of the public who spit at attendants.

Martin Esom, director of environmental services for Waltham Forest LBC, added: 'Partnership is the best way of tackling anti-social behavior and I'm delighted that we're all working towards a common goal.

'Our attendants can help act as the eyes and ears of the police if they see any suspicious activity while on patrol and the police, in turn, will be on hand to give them support.'

NCP street director Ian Kavanagh added: 'It will help us to further reduce the level of assaults and abuse our parking wardens receive while carrying out their duties.

'We hope that we will be able to give something back to the police by providing more formal support in terms of observing and recording street crime and disorder.'

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