Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Boris Downgrades Wallington Police Station Front Counter

015Caroline Pidgeon,  London Assembly Lib Dem Group Leader has given us early notice of the London Mayor’s decision to downgrade the Wallington Police Station Front Counter to a ‘Contact Point’, which will now only be open to the public for just three hours each week.

Obviously the concerns raised by local residents at the ‘Consultation event’ held by MOPAC, or the responses to the survey carried no weight with the Mayor. Details of the decision relevant to Sutton can be found here.

I suppose we can be grateful that the Wallington station isn’t being closed altogether, but the downgrade of the front counter is just one of the outcomes of the consultation that we are unhappy with. As Caroline says: “The Mayor is going ahead with his plans to cut our dedicated and valued Safer Neighbourhood teams to only one Police Constable and one PCSO per ward.  The other ‘neighbourhood policing’ officers will be for each Borough and will be allocated by the Borough Commander.  They will also all have a new investigative role, moving away from the traditional problem solving and intelligence gathering role that has seen confidence in the local police increase. My concerns are that this plan is a return to the bad old days of policing I remember when first elected a Councillor in the 1990s.  The Mayor is planning to decimate dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Teams and return to ‘sector’ policing which failed so many communities across London.”

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March 25, 2013 - Posted by | Information | , , ,

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