Council leader questions tri-borough policing pilot
Havering Council’s leader, Councillor Roger Ramsey, questions whether the borough should continue with the tri-borough policing pilot as a result of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) proposals to close public access points in the borough.
MOPAC’s proposal calls for the closure of both Hornchurch and Rainham police stations along with seven Safer Neighbourhood bases, where members of the public can contact the Police’s Safer Neighbourhood teams face-to-face.
Last week, Councillor Roger Ramsey raised his objections with the Deputy Mayor for Policing, Sophie Linden. Councillor Ramsey emphasised the dismay throughout the local community, as closing both stations will leave residents feeling unsafe. Residents living in Rainham would need to travel over an hour to their nearest police station.
The council will continue to raise its objections to the proposals to help save local police stations. There will a briefing this Thursday (28 September) between Councillors and MOPAC to discuss public police access strategies in their wards.
Councillor Roger Ramsey said: “These proposals call into question whether we should continue with the tri-borough scheme. We have had issues with police response times, which I’ve raised with the Borough Commander, and now we are faced with the closure of public police access points – it’s all becoming very alarming.
“We are part of the tri-borough scheme to test the new model of neighbourhood policing which brought extra dedicated ward officers to the borough but these new proposals seem to be going back on the original objectives of the scheme.
“I understand that there are cuts being made to the service, but I believe this is a short-sighted decision that will have adverse long-term consequences on our local community.
“We have 10 days left to respond to the consultation on this. I encourage every resident to have their say and send in their comments. Together we need to keep our community safe.”
Residents can send in comments and respond to the consultation:
- online at www.london.gov.uk and visit ‘What We do’ and then ‘Policing and Crime’ which will take you to the consultation,
- email: email@example.com or
- via post at: Public Access Consultation, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, City Hall, More London, Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.
The consultation ends on Friday 6 October.