Hammersmith and Fulham Parks Constabulary
The Hammersmith and Fulham Parks Constabulary is a small constabulary responsible for policing the parks and open spaces of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The Constabulary consists of one Inspector, 15 Constables and three Sergeants. They patrol the borough’s 54 parks, open spaces and cemeteries, 365 days a year from 8am, finishing at 12.30am during the summer and 10pm during winter.
Members of the constabulary are 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 have the powers of a constable to deal with by-laws relating to parks and open spaces under their control. Hammersmith and Fulham parks constables have no powers over and above that of an ordinary citizen to deal with criminal law and should not be confused with police officers.
The responsibility for policing the parks remains the statutory responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Service, who have the legal power to instigate proceedings against breaking criminal law, which parks constabularies cannot do.
- "Parks constabulary". Website of London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
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