A POLICE team working with the council to tackle antisocial behaviour and benefit fraud, among other crimes, has doubled in size.
The unit, based at Hounslow Civic Centre, now boasts 20 members, thanks to the addition of 10 volunteer special constables.
The new recruits will join the existing outfit of nine PCs and one sergeant, formed in October 2011 and jointly funded by the council and the Metropolitan Police.
The beefed-up team will continue to help the council by patrolling housing estates, combating benefit fraud and assisting in road safety education, among other areas.
Hounslow Council already spends £285,000 a year on the team but the new officers will come at no extra cost.
Councillor Ed Mayne, Hounslow's cabinet member for community safety and regulatory services, described the new recruits as a 'massive boost' and further proof the council was meeting its pledge to put more uniformed officers on the streets.
Before being elected in 2010, Labour promised to put 100 extra uniformed officers on the borough's streets.
It claims to have kept that promise by giving council staff, including cleaners, community safety training and issuing them with new uniforms.
However, opposition councillors have called the pledge misleading, claiming many voters believed the promise to refer specifically to police officers.
These new officers - along with an additional four PCs approved in February at a cost of £133,000 a year - will go some way towards answering those critics.
Chief Inspector Rob Weir, of Hounslow Police, said: "We have committed these 10 extra officers to help continue the good work the team is already doing. In fact, some of these officers asked to join the team because they have heard of the sterling work it has done."