The Borough’s Police Command centre is being scrapped and merged with those of other London Boroughs under plans published by the Labour Mayor of London.
This means an end to Bexley residents having a Borough police force; from 19th March our police force will be merged with Lewisham and Greenwich.
This announcement shows that the now scrapped plan to close Bexley’s police station was never serious, it was just being used as a distraction to divert attention from this merger plan.
Bexley has already lost 43 police officers since the Mayor of London took office and this announcement could have a dramatic impact on police response times for victims of crime in Bexley.
Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of Bexley Council, said:
“Bexley has been one of the safest places to live in London for year after year because we all work closely as a community to support our police force and the officers who serve us.
Instead of a police force operating in Bexley for Bexley we will now have to wait in line for responses to incidents elsewhere, especially given how much higher crime rates are in Greenwich and Lewisham.”
By stark contrast, in places like Kent, Sussex and Surrey their Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners are increasing police numbers and investing in police stations.
Under Labour in London, police stations are closing and police officers are being reduced.
This decision by the Labour Mayor of London puts Bexley’s hard won achievement as one of the safest places to live in London at risk.
In the pilot scheme trialled in Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge police response times dramatically increased.
A spokesperson for Bexley’s Conservative Councillors said:
“We have already lost 43 police officers since the Labour Mayor took office.
We urge all residents to join us in opposing these plans. Bexley is one of the safest places to live in London and has been for many years.
The hard work to achieve this risks being undone with a stroke of a pen, taken in City Hall by a Labour Mayor who has no understanding of Bexley and what matters to the people who live here.”
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