Croydon is one of six entries shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Problem Orientated Partnership (Pop) Awards for its problem-solving work to tackle road racing and antisocial behaviour on Imperial Way.
The awards – now in their 12th year and run by the Metropolitan Police, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, and Transport for London – seek to credit good partnership work between the police and communities to reduce crime and disorder.
In this case, the police and council worked with businesses and residents to help secure a three-year High Court injunction covering Imperial Way, Pegasus Road and Lysander Road – and to date there hasn’t been one breach of the injunction.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice
“Our partnership approach sent a clear message that our community’s safety is our top priority and car cruising will not be tolerated in Croydon.”
Croydon’s borough commander, Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, said: “The September 2016 ruling granted police greater enforcement powers to stop the high-speed car cruising events, and prevent further antisocial behavior. The partnership adopted has stopped the street racing, and restored peace to the community, thereby increasing community confidence.”
The council installed traffic-calming road humps along the three streets to further reduce speeding.
Officers will now give a presentation of the project to a judging panel at the Empress State Building, London, on Thursday 26 October.
The other finalist authorities are Hammersmith & Fulham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Enfield, and Newham.