Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Camden Borough Council are conducting a consultation on plans to introduce a license system for busking in Camden. This request seeks information on the policing of busking in Camden.

In the last 12 months:

What is the police policy on buskers?
Do the police see busking as a serious issue for the Camden police force?
How many buskers have been arrested for busking in Camden?
How many buskers have been moved on, and for what reason?
What is the advice given to officers working on the beat how they should deal with buskers?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Walker

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Walker

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013100000256
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access to the following information:

"Camden Borough Council are conducting a consultation on plans to
introduce a license system for busking in Camden. This request seeks
information on the policing of busking in Camden.

In the last 12 months:

What is the police policy on buskers?
Do the police see busking as a serious issue for the Camden police force?
How many buskers have been arrested for busking in Camden?
How many buskers have been moved on, and for what reason?
What is the advice given to officers working on the beat how they should
deal with buskers?"

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Dear Jonathan Walker

I have been forwarded your request for information regarding busking in
Camden Town (copy below).

I am the Inspector with responsibility for the following wards -
Haverstock, Gospel Oak, Camden with Primrose Hill, Kentish Town,
Cantelowes and Belsize. As such I am in receipt of enquiries/complaints
made by the communities of those wards. I moved to this role in June and
was informed of the community complaints relating to busking. I will
attempt to answer your enquiries in the order in which you have raised
them.

 What is the police policy on buskers?

The complaints regarding busking have mainly gone to the Councils noise
enforcement team. They have forwarded them to us for our information. As I
am sure you are aware my Neighbourhood Policing Teams respond to community
concerns. Part of that response has been to support the council officers
noise enforcement teams patrols in Busking hotspots. This we have been
doing at peak times. There is no policy on it as such but our patrol
strategy is to support the noise enforcement officers engagement of the
buskers. As you know the council have made a proposal for the licensing of
buskers. The noise enforcement officers engage the buskers and explain the
proposal. If there is any 'extreme busking' - amplified music or large
crowds causing obstructions of the highway then they are asked to move on.
Police only step in if required.

 
Do the police see busking as a serious issue for the Camden police force?
Complaints from the community are taken seriously. Large numbers of
complaints naturally provokes responses. You will no doubt be aware of our
policing challenges set by MOPAC, specifically in relation to the
reduction of the MOPAC 7 crimes - Violence with injury, Robbery, Burglary,
Theft of Motor Vehicle, Theft from a Motor Vehicle, Theft from a Person
and Vandalism (criminal damage) by 20%. You will and may say that busking
does not feature in that and should not be a priority. You may also be
aware that in the same challenge we have also been asked to boost public
confidence by 20%.  MOPAC sight four drivers to boosting public
confidence. Three of which apply to this issue :

* Engagement with the community – Committed to and engaged with the
community; listening, understanding  and dealing with their
concerns; and are reliable
* Fair Treatment – Fair and treated with respect; helpful, friendly
and approachable
* Alleviating Local ASB – Reductions in local disorder and ASB

You will see that working in partnership with the council on busking in
response to community complaints is necessary. We are in support of the
licensing of buskers in Camden.

 How many buskers have been arrested for busking in Camden?
None

How many buskers have been moved on, and for what reason?
I do not have any information on numbers as they are not recorded. If they
are asked to move by the enforcement officer and then move on there is no
course for police action. I have just spoken to an officer from the Camden
Town Centre Team who carry out 90% of our busking patrols and I am told it
is very rare that they have had to ask buskers to move on. As above it is
only extreme buskers that we would make that request of due to
amplification or causing an obstruction. Most report back that if
amplified, the equipment is turned off and they are allowed to continue.
Others state that some just pack up and move locations on seeing the noise
enforcement/police approach. If they are asked to move on its due to
amplification and/or obstruction of a highway

What is the advice given to officers working on the beat how they should
deal with buskers?
I believe I have covered this in my opening paragraph. Our staff our out
in support of the noise enforcement team.
 

I have information of an intention for a demonstration or mass busk event
in Camden on Monday. It would appear that you have set this up and
requested support via social media sites. I understand that you want to
drum up (excuse the pun) support against the licensing proposal. It would
be beneficial for you to work with us so we are aware of your intentions,
locations, routes for your procession so we can facilitate any lawful
public protest. Could we meet to discuss your planned event. I attach some
useful legislation to assist you in the planning of your event.

<<Document1.doc>>

Simon Brooker
Inspector | Central Cluster Neighbourhood Policing | Camden Borough

Met Phone 746116 | Telephone 0208 733 6116 | Email
[1][email address]
[mobile number] | Address Kentish Town Police Station, 12A Holmes
Road, NW5 3AE| 

Camden Police - Reducing Crime, Serving Camden

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Jonny

I understand you are planning to gather your busking group again today in
Camden.

Could you please give me a call on the below number so we can discuss your
intentions

Many Thanks

Simon Brooker
Inspector
Central Neighbourhood Policing
Camden Borough
07775 536765

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Good Morning Jonny

I have heard you are having another demo Tuesday ?

If so could you let me know your plans please so I can ensure an appropriate police response.

Numbers
Location
Plans

Regards

Simon Brooker
Inspector
Central Cluster Neighbourhood Policing
Camden Borough
07775536765

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