The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have launched a consultation on the proposed closures of seven police station front counters and neighbourhood bases across Lambeth.
The closures are part of a London-wide initiative to reduce the number of underused front counters, a move that could save the Met as much as £10 million.
The consultation, which runs until 6 October, has been called in light of recent internal survey that found only eight per cent of crimes are now reported at front counters – a drop of 14 per cent over the last decade. The survey found that most crimes are reported by telephone, and a recent trial of online reporting received over 1,200 submissions per week.
In Lambeth, the proposed closures are:
- Kennington Police Station
- Cavendish Road Police Station
- Streatham Neighbourhood Base
- Loughborough Junction Neighbourhood Base
- Coldharbour Lane Neighbourhood Base
- Clement Avenue Neighbourhood Base
- Norwood Road Neighbourhood Base
Borough Commander, Richard Wood (pictured above), and a MOPAC representative, will be holding a drop-in briefing at Brixton Police Station at 4pm on 14 September to assess the community response to these changes and discuss the implications.
You can find out more about the consultation, and register any comments you may have here.