Barking and Dagenham Parks Constabulary

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Barking and Dagenham Parks Constabulary was a small constabulary responsible for policing the parks and open spaces of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The LBBD Parks Constabulary was renamed The LBBD Parks Police in 2005 before being Disbanded on 31st March 2010 .[1]

Members of the constabulary were sworn as constables under section 18, Ministry of Housing and Local Government Provision Order Confirmation (Greater London Parks and Open Spaces) Act 1967. Such constables had the powers of a constable to deal with by-laws relating to parks and open spaces under their control. Such constables had no powers over and above that of an ordinary citizen to deal with criminal law and should not have been confused with police officers.

The responsibility for policing the parks remained the statutory responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Service, who had the legal power to instigate proceedings against breaking criminal law, which parks constabularies cannot do.

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  1. ^ "Barking and Dagenham parks police face £1.8m cost-saving drive". Barking and Dagenham Post. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.