Save Streatham's new police base
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The Mayor of London wants to close Streatham's police base under his programme to sell "expensive to run buildings which are underused" and "divert resources from where they are no longer needed".
Streatham's police base is not expensive and is desperately needed.
The community successfully campaigned against the last Mayor of London's plans to remove police from Streatham.
We won investment of £500,000 to create a new, state of the art, accessible, police station. The new police base is located near Streatham train station so police are located in the heart of our community. It now has more officers than when the old police station was closed, two new front counters and modern, upgraded facilities.
This is possible because it has an efficient lease arrangement. The lease means money can be spent on local policing and getting police out in the community, rather than being tied up in buildings. It is a very effective use of resources.
Having a police base in Streatham means that there is policing for the whole community - not just those who are able or want to report crime online. It provides a visible police presence and enables important links to be built with the local community. Recently its location meant that police could be on hand to deal with two stabbings close by.
However now the new Mayor of London is proposing not just to close the front counter service but get rid of the building and move Streatham's police out of Streatham to Brixton. You can see the proposals here (see Annex 3).
We believe Streatham needs a police base more than ever to keep police at the heart of our community, working with the local community to keep us safe.
We reject the Mayor of London's plans and call on him to keep our local police presence and our new police base in Streatham.
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