Concerns that Police borough merger will compromise safety
Published Thursday, 15 February 2018
The decision to merge the Metropolitan Police basic command units of Bromley with the boroughs of Croydon and Sutton is wrong, with the Council’s views already expressed to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime prior to Christmas.
“We are seriously concerned that Bromley may be left without adequate Police resources as a direct result of this merger. We understand the need for efficiency savings and whereas the merging of command units might theoretically work in central London, where the size of areas are smaller and more manageable, this logic does not apply in Bromley’s situation. We know that the Metropolitan Police did learn lessons in pilot areas where response times dropped drastically but our concerns remain” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection & Safety.
Councillor Lymer added, “We will fight this decision - we have valued the positive relationship with the Bromley Police command team and the reductions in crime that have been achieved. Crime and the fear of crime are big issues for residents and the focus of the Metropolitan Police will inevitably drift away from Bromley, with all the negative consequences this brings. I welcome the Deputy Mayor’s commitment to meet and discuss these very grave concerns where I will also seek reassurance that the safety of Bromley residents is given priority.”
News that the current 32 borough policing model will be reduced to 12 Basic Command Units (BCU) made up of two or three boroughs was confirmed earlier this week.
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