New park team plan a ‘poor use of resources’
19 November 2008
OFFICERS who have patrolled Haringey’s parks for years will not be able to apply for jobs in a new parks policing force, it has been revealed.
Councillor Ron Aitken (Crouch End, Liberal Democrat) asked why Haringey Council had not pursued the option to transfer 11 parks police staff to a new Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
The parks police unit is due to be axed at the end of next March under plans to be agreed by the council’s cabinet.
Addressing Councillor Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for enforcement and safer communities, at an overview and scrutiny committee meeting last week, he said: “I wondered why you don’t think it’s worth pursuing. You’ve got the officers there, they’ve been trained. It doesn’t seem to me a good use of resources.”
Councillor Canver said the staff were due to be moved into other jobs in the council.
She said: “If they are interested they will raise the issue and we will look into it, but at the moment it is not a possibility.”
More than 600 concerned residents contacted opposition Liberal Democrat councillors and Lynne Featherstone MP about the changes when they were first announced in April.
Existing Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will become responsible for policing five new park zones supported by a Parks Response Unit based at Finsbury Park and managed by the Metropolitan Police.