Today the Mayor of London published his draft Police and Crime Plan for London and his list of police front counter closures.
Today it was revealed that two out of Enfield’s four police stations will close including:
- Winchmore Hill Police Station
- Southgate Police Station
Enfield Town police station will lose its 24 hour coverage and operate during the day-time only. The Mayor’s Draft Policing Plan details how the current local ward based Safer Neighbourhood Teams will have less dedicated resources. Each SNT currently has three PCSOs, two PCs and one sergeant. The new model will see each SNT having only one dedicated PC and a “named sergeant” per ward. This is a move back to Sector-based policing, a model that was abandoned in the late 1990s as it was deemed to be ineffective and led to the police having poor relations on a local level.
The Mayor claims that he will increase the number of police officers based in each borough. However, new analysis shows that the plans will lead to fewer police officers based in two thirds of London’s boroughs.
Local Assembly Member Joanne McCartney said:
“We will lose two out of Enfield’s four police stations, as well as a loss of 63 PCSOs in Enfield since 2010. This will make it harder for local people to report serious crimes and reduce the police’s presence, especially in the west of the Borough.
“To make matters worse this proposed plan details how the Mayor will strip out our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams which are vital in fighting crime in London. SNTs build local knowledge and get to know their patch, the proposals today look very much like a return to the old model of sector policing which does not have this strong local link with most officers operating over much wider areas. The Mayor’s plans will also see a loss of many experienced senior officers, which raises obvious concerns about the supervision of police constables.
“We doubt the Mayor can keep his election promises, as HMIC reported last year police visibility is down and this trend will continue. Contrary to what they say, this is further evidence that the Mayor and Government are cutting too far too fast.”