Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez discusses new investments in crime with Met commissioner
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 September 2018
Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez met with the Met commissioner to discuss crime in outer-London boroughs and the “fantastic news” that Hornchurch police station will remain open.
Hornchurch police station was earmarked for closure by the mayor of London in 2017 and the local Conservative team campaigned against its closure with the collection of hundreds of signatures against the move.
Julia Lopez welcomed the council’s move as part of a broader push to get more police resources into London’s outer boroughs.
She said: “It is fantastic news that the council has responded to our residents’ petition and will be keeping Hornchurch Police Station in police use. “This was a campaign led by our Chairman, Bob Perry, and with Bob now elected to council and chairing the crime and disorder committee, we have a strong voice within the Town Hall on police issues.
“I am grateful to our two Council Leaders, Cllr Ramsey and Cllr White, for acting so quickly and decisively to reassure residents.”
Ms Lopez met with Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan police commissioner to discuss how councils and police might work together even more closely in the future to share resources and build safer communities.
“As I explained to the commissioner, Havering residents’ confidence had been dealt a triple blow over the past eighteen months with the tri-borough teething problems, station closure programme and changing crime profile of the area,” said Ms Lopez.
“Major work needs to be done to restore that confidence and the purchase of Hornchurch Police Station marks a start in that process.
“I know residents are fed up with the 101 reporting number, and the commissioner offered assurances that investment in new systems last month is already leading to big improvements. She also believes new police technology is beginning to free up officer time for patrols.
“I thanked her for her recent visit with officers to Elm Park in a show of force against crime and anti-social behaviour in the area and expressed my hope that we could continue to work collaboratively to deliver a better service to the people whom we serve.”