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Decision maker responded 3 days ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Streatham's new police base

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.

Jonathan Bartley
794 supporters
Decision maker responded 1 week ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Lambeth Police Stations - Put people first

The Labour Mayor, supported by the Labour councillors in Lambeth, has decided to cut police stations and police bases across Lambeth.We are extremely concerned by the Mayor's plans. We believe visible community-based policing is vital to tackling crime, and provides reassurance and support to residents and victims of crime, especially at a time when London has seen a rise in serious violence and terrorist attacks. Brixton station would remain as the only publicly accessible station to report crimes in the borough. The following stations and bases would close: Kennington (Station)Streatham (Station)Loughborough Junction (Police Office/ Box)Cobalt Square (Office)Clement Avenue (Safer Neighbourhood base)Coldharbour Lane (Safer Neighbourhood base)Norwood Road (Safer Neighbourhood base)Cavendish Road (Police Station/ Annex, no public access) In 2013, Mr Khan asserted that changes to the structure of policing in London were decided by the Mayor, and criticised changes made by Boris Johnson. Now, as Mayor, Sadiq Khan pretends that the decision to close police stations and police buildings is nothing to do with him. Meanwhile Labour councillors in Lambeth have done nothing to lobby the Mayor to reverse his decision. We call on the Mayor of London and the Labour elite in Lambeth to reconsider their cuts to the police service and keep our police contact points open.  

Cllr Tim Briggs, Leader of the Opposition, Lambeth Council
269 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Amber Rudd

Stop single crewing police officers

I am a currently serving police officer. The following is not my story, however myself and all of my colleagues can relate to each and every point, as it affects us on an almost daily basis.  We are all exhausted, tired and had enough, We do it for the money and not for the love. Last week I was hit, spat at and punched. There wasn't one day that I ate my lunch. I held a man's hand who'd just lost his wife, I took a child from his Father who was wielding a knife.I pulled a girl off a bridge who was mentally ill,I locked up a worker who had nicked from the till.I persuaded a battered woman to finally speak,After seeing her every day, week after week. The above is our job and all proud to do it.  Time for a few truths:Grade 1, man with knife - not one cop is free, but I break off as usual.I get to the job, a lone female I stand, man is angry, wants to fight with a knife in his hand. The same night I attend a fight all alone. I arrive to see 10 fighting in the middle of the road. Night after night cops go to jobs on their own and yes, they are frightened stood there all alone. Because no one is coming - you're the only free one,New cops aren't coming, the old ones are gone. We love the job - but enough is enough. We are ready to go and pack up our stuff, hang up the belt, the hat and vest.  No one can say we're not trying our best. We’re abused for pennies that barely pay rent. We don't want to give up - we still want to be cops! But bad things will happen if they don't pull out all stops. Get us more cops so we're not always alone, I know others feel the same - I'm not on my own. Cops will get hurt if this carries on,And this fight on terrorism will never be won. Please support us by ending the single crewing of officers to make it look like there are more cops on the frontline. When in reality it’s a safety risk!!

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