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Getting involved

There are many ways you can get involved, depending on how much time you have and how interested you are. From keeping informed to becoming a magistrate read on to find out more. On this page you will be able to find out about:

  • Reporting anti-social behaviour
  • Community Safety newsletter
  • Nominate an area for community payback
  • Setting police priorities at ward panel meetings
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Becoming an "Eye"
  • Sign up for email update from Islington Police
  • Volunteer as a Special Constable

Report crime and anti-social behaviour

The council and the police rely on information from residents to help us tackle anti-social behaviour. If you have any concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood please report it. Often it can take time to collect evidence so we can tackle anti-social behaviour, whether it is noisy neighbours or suspected drug dealing, and we need residents to keep a note of dates and times of incidents. You can download an Incident Diary to help with this below.  

Community Safety newsletter  

Find out how we make Islington safer by downloading our monthly newsletters at the bottom of this page.

Nominate an area for community payback

If there is a local community centre or greenspace that needs a clean up, why don't you nominate it for community payback? This is where local offenders work in their communities doing jobs such as painting, gardening or clearing rubbish and undergrowth. Contact Janice Grant on janice.grant@islington.gov.uk if you would like to nominate an area or a project. For more information and local stories visit our community payback web page.

Set police priorities at ward panel meetings  

If you are interested in working with your local Safer Neighbourhoods Police team to set local policing priorities then why don't you attend the quarterly ward panel meetings? At these meetings the police, the council and the community decide local priorities for the next three months. This will allow you to have your say about local issues that are important to you and your community. Find out which ward you live in, and how to contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team by visiting the Islington Police Safer Neighbourhoods website.

We are always encouraging residents to set up neighbourhood watch schemes. Contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods police to find out about any schemes in your area, or how to set one up if you don't have one.

Eyes for Islington

Members act as the eyes and ears of the borough and report issues such as dangerous footpaths, abandoned vehicles and crime hotspots. As soon as the council receives a report from an Eye, it responds to the problem as soon as possible.

To receive information about crime and safety in Islington and your local area, sign up for email alerts from Islington Police. To sign up, visit the Islington Police website.

Become a magistrate

Did you know that magistrates are volunteers? We need local magistrates to represent our local community. For more information and advice on becoming a magistrate visit the GOV.UK website.

Victim Support

The majority of staff at victim support are volunteers – their work includes working with victims, supporting witnesses in court, and working on the victim support helpline. If you are interested in finding out more visit the Victim Support website.

Special Police Officers

The Met’s Special Constabulary is a force of volunteers.  If you volunteer as a Special, you will have the same power as police officers and wear the same uniform. For more information visit the Metropolitan Police website.

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