Deadline for local views on future of police front counters looms

Release Date: 03 October 2017

Richmond Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the Mayor of London's proposals to cut the number of police front counters in London before the consultation closes on 6th October.

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 have 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 held a consultation event on the 18th September which was well attended by Councillors, the police and more than 50 residents.

The Council is submitting formal feedback to the consultation, calling for the resources saved to be invested back into policing in the borough.

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

“It was clear from the public meeting that most people want assurances that any changes to local policing will result in a more visible police presence around the borough.

“Although the public would be disappointed to see police buildings closing they are in agreement that money saved as a result should be invested in more in frontline policing and improvements in reporting services. The Council will be conveying the firm message that any savings made from closures in Richmond should be allocated to improving police accessibility in the Borough.    

“I appreciate this is an issue which has attracted a lot of public attention and encourage residents, whether they attended the consultation or not, to have their say in the consultation before the deadline.”

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Notes for editors

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Reference: P459/17

Updated: 31 October 2017