I was delighted to see so many residents and Councillors turn up to hear and challenge the proposed changes to the way policing is delivered at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) consultation event yesterday (Monday 11 February).
The draft Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan proposes major changes to policing across London and includes proposals to close the front counters at Wanstead and Woodford Police Stations. We are of course very happy with the proposal for Redbridge to receive more than 80 extra Police Officers by 2015, especially as there is an overall reduction in Police staff across London. However, we remain fiercely opposed to the closure of public access to Wanstead and Woodford Police Stations and will continue to fight this.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing in London, began the evening with a presentation on the proposals and was joined by Assistant Police Commissioner Simon Byrne.
Residents were given the opportunity to ask a Panel questions about the proposals at the event.
The Panel which I chaired included Stephen Greenhalgh, Simon Byrne, Jonathan Glanz (MOPAC advisor), Councillor Shoaib Patel, (Cabinet Member for Environment, Transportation and Crime), and Borough Commander Sue Williams.
I was very pleased that we received lots of very interesting and key points and questions from residents and Councillors. There were some very good issues raised at last night’s meeting including the need for a Safer Neighbourhoods Team base in Wanstead or Woodford, queries on how the closures would affect response times and the pressure it would put on other Redbridge Police Stations for Redbridge.
I sincerely hope these as well as all the other concerns highlighted at the meeting will be taken away and considered before the final plan is published.
The proposals have also been presented at all seven Area Committees, Environment and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee and the Overview Committee for discussion and feedback.
If you weren’t able to attend yesterday’s meeting, you can still have your say on the plans by completing the online survey or by post at the following address:
C/o Siobhan Coldwell, Head of Strategy, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H ONY
Consultation closes on Wednesday 6 March and the plan will be published by April 2013.
View and download the MOPAC Mission for Redbridge document here (PDF 488kb)
Update – I have written to Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime, to outline these concerns as part of the consultation on the draft plan. View a copy of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) consultation response (PDF 40kb) on the draft Police and Crime Plan and the Metropolitan Police Service Estates Strategy.
Consultation is now closed and the plan will be published by April 2013.