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.
- Mayor of London
The decision to close Streatham's new police base and move Streatham's police teams to Brixton makes no sense. It is not what local people want or need.
Three years ago, after a community campaign, £500,000 was spent in creating the new police base in the heart of the community. The building is held on a lease so that as much money as possible can be focused on local policing.
To close the building and sell the lease would be short sighted and a waste of the investment that was made. Local people want a front counter service to serve everyone and a strong police presence. Community policing works when there is a strong relationship between the police and local people and removing our police will prevent that.
It is your decision whether Streatham's new police base is closed or not, and we ask you in the strongest possible terms not to go ahead with your plans to close it, and instead keep Streatham's police base open.
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