DESPITE protests, cuts to the borough's safer neighbourhood teams have taken effect.
Earlier this year it was announced that the number of sergeants in charge of Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) would be reduced across the capital, with Hammersmith and Fulham losing four.
As a result, the following SNTs have started sharing a sergeant: Addison and Avonmore & Brook Green, Parsons Green & Waltham Town and Sands End, Munster and Palace Riverside, Fulham Reach and North End.
This comes despite impassioned pleas by residents to save their much loved sergeants.
Residents in Addison Ward were so outraged that they launched a petition to retain sergeant Shane Joshua, who they credited with reducing crime and slashing the number of burglaries in the area.
They also felt that he worked incredibly hard to reassure the community following the murder of 27-year-old Randy Osei-Boateng in Lakeside Road, in March.
Brook Green resident Tracy Hannigan rallied round to get more than 50 signatures, however the petition fell on deaf ears.
Writing on community website, W14london.ning, she said: "It will be a large loss. The team has been at full strength for only a couple of months, and many people are new - our most experienced officer will be leaving us just as things here get more worrying, first the Lakeside shooting, now the Dewhurst murder."
Police chiefs feel that despite these cuts, SNTs will continue to work closely with residents to serve the community.
Chief Inspector Nigel Crane, in charge of the Safer Neighbourhoods & Partnership for Hammersmith & Fulham said: "Despite the changes to the supervision ratio, the team numbers remain the same per ward and they will continue to impact on improving quality of life issues for the residents, businesses and visitors to Hammersmith & Fulham by reducing crime and effectively tackling Anti-Social Behaviour. Safer Neighbourhood teams are just one of the many ways the public can make contact with the police. The public can use our online services to get information or report crime; visit a police station or front counter 24/7; or approach an officer in the street."