The Battersea Crime Prevention Panel was formed when the Chief Superintendent for Battersea instructed the Crime Prevention Officers from Battersea Police Station, with a local policeman Constable, John Johnson, to ask Michael Ryan to form a Crime Prevention Panel, to help promote Neighbour Watch. He became the Chairman in 1986/7 and it was he who said that the key object of the Panel was to make “Battersea a better and safer place to live, work and play”, as it still is today.

In the beginning the main and only project was to provide panic buttons for “Old Age Pensioners”, known as Alarms for the Elderly. The success of these panic buttons depended on neighbours being able to respond quickly and go to the aid of the person requiring help. This gave protection to the pensioners, especially those living alone. It also helped create a sense of neighbourliness, which in turn helped promote Neighbourhood Watch.  This scheme started in the Shaftsbury Estate, was very successful at the time and was adopted by both the then Putney and Tooting Crime Prevention Panels. The scheme continued until the alarms were superseded by modern technology. (The Putney and Tooting Crime Prevention Panels have sadly ceased to exist)

Michael Ryan retired as Chairman in 1992 and was succeeded by Col Tom Ridgeway. The Panel developed considerably under Tom’s chairmanship, taking on many more crime prevention projects including Battersea Summer Scheme. It became a charity and the first Battersea Police Ball was held in Battersea Town Hall (now BAC) provisionally as a fundraiser to provide the Alarms for the Elderly. The Hall soon became too small for the numbers wishing to attend, so was moved into a large Marquee in Battersea Park, then finally into Battersea Evolution where it is held annually to the present day and is one of the largest charity Balls in London  and is the reason why the Panel is able to function so successfully.

Early in 1999 Col Martin Stratton took over from Tom as Chairman.  The Panel was incorporated as a Private Limited Company in March 1999, and continues to be a Registered Charity. Under the present Chairman, there are four Trustees, a Treasurer, a Company Secretary, and a very active committee from the local community. The committee still meet monthly; among the members are the Chairmen of the seven Police wards in Battersea and Balham. Police and the Council both send representatives, who regularly attend the Panel’s meetings.



Supporting the Borough Early Intervention Team with its work to prevent young people in Battersea getting involved with crime

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Providing financial help to FAST to further its work on the Patmore estate with training, employment and other initiatives with young people

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Since 1992 the Battersea Summer Scheme has been organising trips, outings and events for disadvantaged young people living in Battersea and Balham.

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Registered address: c/o Field Sullivan, (Chartered Accounts), Neptune House, 70 Royal Hill London SE10 8RF
Company No. 3731933, Company Ltd by Guarantee, Registered Charity in England and Wales, No. 1076855