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Havering Council leader questions continued involvement in tri-borough pilot as consultation on police station closures nears its end

PUBLISHED: 10:15 27 September 2017

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of Havering Council at Hornchurch Police Station. Photo: Havering Council

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of Havering Council at Hornchurch Police Station. Photo: Havering Council

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The leader of Havering Council has questioned the borough’s continued involvement in the tri-borough policing pilot as a result of plans to close local police stations.

Proposals from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) would see both Hornchurch and Rainham police stations close alongside seven safer neighbourhood bases.

The news comes after the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner Mark Simmons admitted at a recent public meeting in Romford that the tri-borough merger had led to a sharp increase in police response times.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, who is due to attend a meeting between Havering Councillors and MOPAC representatives tomorrow, 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.”

MOPAC claims the closures are necessary to prevent frontline cuts that would see actual the number of police officers across the capital slashed.

The public consultation on the plans ends on Friday October 6.

Residents can send in their comments and respond to the consultation online at www.london.gov.uk by clicking on ‘What We do’ and then ‘Policing and Crime’ which will take you to the consultation.

Residents can also email their thoughts to consultation@mopac.london.gov.uk or send responses via post to Public Access Consultation, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, City Hall, More London, Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.


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