A CRIME-BUSTING partnership between the police and Hounslow Council has been hailed a success three months after being formed.
A team of nine PCs and one sergeant, funded by £250,000 each from the council and police, has been based at Hounslow Civic Centre since October.
The officers, who work with council staff to address issues in town centres, parks and housing estates, have already helped tackle fraudsters, antisocial yobs and drug dealers across the borough.
Councillor Ed Mayne, cabinet member for community safety, said: "Taking action against crime is the top priority for the council, which is why we made it our number one pledge for what we want to achieve for local people.
"We have a good track record of working with others such as the police, social housing providers and local businesses to fight crime, but we wanted to do more. This team has already proven to be a great asset for the local community, and shows we are serious about tackling crime in the borough."
The team's successes so far include:
* Working with the council's parking and fraud teams to tackle blue badge fraud, with two false claimants stopped
* Enforcing the Controlled Drinking Zone around Beaversfield Park, in Hounslow West
* Increasing patrols around Tivoli Road estate, in Hounslow, after two housing officers were assaulted
* Uncovering several tonnes of counterfeit goods at Western International Market, in Heston
* Making an arrest in Brentford High Street over £18,000 in unpaid business rent
* Working on search warrants to tackle drug dealing on Brentford's Haverfield Estate
* Uncovering a cannabis factory in Hounslow town centre and seizing drugs worth an estimated £50,000
* Visiting scap metal dealers to prevent metal theft and working to identify stolen cable.