Public meeting announced to discuss Mayor's proposals for local police front counters

Release Date: 21 August 2017

The local Police have announced a public consultation meeting to discuss the Mayor of London proposals to cut the number of police front counters in London – with two potential closures in Richmond upon Thames.

Last month the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan launched a public consultation on plans to reduce the number of police front counters in London in order to put an additional £10 million – equivalent to the cost of 170 police constables - into frontline policing in London’s communities.

Locally, this could result in the closure of the Teddington and Richmond (Sovereign Gate) front counters, which has seen a drop in the amount of public use. However, the main 24 hour desk in Twickenham will be retained. The Police have committed that other customer access points will be identified

The Police have now announced a consultation event for local residents to come and find out more about the proposals and have their say.

The event is on Monday 18 September from 7 to9pm in the Salon (York House).

 Cllr Mark Boyle, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

 “With the rise of modern reporting methods, such as online or by calling 101, there has been a drop in the number of people using public counters to report crime.  Teddington and Richmond have been particularly impacted and the police have told me that for some months, there have been no ‘over the counter’ crimes reported  there at all. 

“However, whilst I appreciate the need to ensure public money is spent wisely, if the counters do close we need to make sure that the money saved is redirected into frontline policing and accessible customer service.

“I therefore encourage residents to attend the Police engagement event, hear more about the proposals and have their say in the consultation before the deadline.”

To see the Mayor’s consultation, visit london.gov.uk. Have your say before Friday 6 October 2017.

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Reference: P386/17

Updated: 31 August 2017