Lambeth responds to police station plans
The Mayor of London has today announced that he is to press forward with plans to close eight Lambeth police stations, including the front desks at Streatham and Kennington, in the face of severe government funding cuts that require the Met to make savings of £400 million.
This is extremely disappointing.
We campaigned hard against these plans and put forward a very strong case for why our communities need publicly accessible police stations. We said, and we still believe, that is essential to the community-focused, neighbourhood policing that is vital to keeping our streets safe.
Although the closures are to go ahead, we will continue to fight for a fairer funding settlement for our local police force and to challenge the Government to reverse the £1bn cuts that have stretched policing in London to breaking point.
The council will also continue the good work that we are doing at a local level. We successfully campaigned for serious youth violence to be made one of the Mayor’s top policing priorities, we are developing an innovative Youth Violence strategy in response to the alarming rise in violent youth crime and we have continued to protect funding for our ground-breaking Violence Against Women and Girls Service.
Brixton police station will retain a publically open front desk.
You can read MOPAC’s response here: https://www.london.gov.uk/mopac-publications/public-access-strategy and today’s announcement here: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/cuts-force-mayor-to-reduce-police-front-counters