There has been an ongoing spike in youth on youth robbery, mainly of mobile phones or bicycles. The use of force has increased and masks/balaclavas are now being seen - and we have now learned that none of the four Dulwich wards has a dedicated schools’ police officer. The local safer Neighbourhood Ward Teams do their best by changing their shift patterns so as to be on patrol at school coming out times - but some of the wards do not even have their full complement of officers. There is no cover on their days off, and they clearly cannot be everywhere at the same time. If Dulwich is to make a case for increasing police resources to at least previous levels, it is essential that all incidents are reported.

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