With my Lambeth community safety hat on, I’m pleased to see a new partnership operation (Met police and Labour council) getting underway to reduce anti-social behaviour in central Brixton.
To explain, I’ll quote the joint press release which has been sent out: “Operation Stillwater will be used to reduce unacceptable behaviour including urinating in public, indecent exposure, taking or selling drugs, bad language, and loud music. The operation builds upon the work carried out by the Brixton town centre police following the arrest of a number of crack dealers in Coldharbour Lane and the subsequent introduction of a dispersal zone in May, 2009.
“The operation will begin with an information campaign during which leaflets will be distributed, setting out what the community has identified as unacceptable behaviour during consultation meetings. This will be followed by a period of enforcement, when powers under Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 will be used to direct people away from the area who are engaged in anti-social behaviour.”
This operation is one of a number aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour across Lambeth. In this case, we are ready and determined to use our powers to make Brixton a safer place. Our aim is to protect the law-abiding majority of residents and visitors who find antisocial behaviour – of any kind – unacceptable. My message to wrongdoers is simple – don’t degrade yourselves, and don’t degrade our borough.