Metropolitan Police to hold public meeting in Romford to discuss potential cuts and closures
PUBLISHED: 17:15 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 08 September 2017
Havering residents can have their say on the future of policing in the borough at a public meeting in Romford next week.
On Wednesday, September 13 from 6pm-8pm, a public meeting will be held at The Salvation Army in Romford High Street, with residents invited to have their say on plans to close a number of police front counters throughout east London.
Under proposals set out by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (Mopac) this week, Havering Police are set to lose eight of their Safer Neighbourhood Team bases, as well as four administrative spaces.
In a foreword to the proposals co-written by Sophie Linden, deputy mayor for policing and crime, and Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, the pair acknowledge the scale of the challenge currently facing police officers.
They write: “On top of the £600 million already saved from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) budget, London’s police now need to deliver a further £400 million of savings over the next four years. £200 million of these have been identified, but a further £200 million still need to be found.
“Tackling this financial challenge forces us to make some tough choices.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also said London faced a stark choice between closing police premises or reducing frontline services.
He said: “The huge Government cuts to the MPS have left us with no choice but to take drastic action to protect the frontline of policing.
“My top priority is keeping Londoners safe, and every pound saved by closing a front counter is a pound of savings that we do not have to find by reducing the frontline.
“By freeing up officers and moving them closer to their communities, they will be able to spend more time on the beat to tackle the issues that matter most to Londoners, such as knife crime, anti-social behaviour, hate crime and extremism, and domestic abuse.”
The proposals include the disposal of:
* the police office in Station Lane, Havering
* partnership with St George’s Church, Romford
* Hornchurch Police Station
* Rainham Police Station
* Safer neighbourhood base at Roneo Corner
* Safer neighbourhood base at Tadworth Parade, Elm Park
* Safer neighbourhood base, Collier Row Road, Romford
* Safer neighbourhood base, North Street, Romford
* Safer neighbourhood base, Tudor House, Balgores Square, Romford
* Safer neighbourhood base, Straight Road, Harold Hill
* Safer neighbourhood base, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster
* Safer neighbourhood base, Station Road, Romford.