Hammersmith and Fulham: Join me at police consultation

Consultation notice

HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM
POLICE AND CRIME CONSULTATION

Public consultation on Mayor’s draft Policing and Crime Plan
Tuesday 5 February 18.00-19.00
Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, W6 9JU

Hammersmith and Fulham residents and other concerned individuals, join me tomorrow evening at the public consultation on the Mayor’s draft Policing and Crime plan.

Stephen Greenhalgh, former leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council and now deputy Mayor for Policing, is offering you one hour of his time to question him on Mayor Boris Johnson’s policing plan. You might like to ask about the following points, all based on published official figures.

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams
Our ward based SNTs have been a great success in deterring crime, providing resassurance, gathering intelligence, and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Now Greenhalgh and the Mayor want to mess with a good thing.

The teams currently have three PCSOs, two PCs and one sergeant, but under this plan there will only be one dedicated PC and a “named sergeant”. Two people on their own isn’t enough to do the job that the current teams manage. SNTs are being given extra duties but with fewer people and less resources. They also face being deployed not just in your own ward, but to deal with problems elsewhere. These changes look very much like a return to the old pre-SNT ‘sector-based’ policing model which did not work and was why SNTs were brought in in the first place. We stand to lose many of the local benefits that made SNTs so successful.

Station Closures
Shepherds Bush police station will be shut down. Fulham police station will have its hours reduced from the current 24/7 to a daytime service.

These are stations people rely on everyday, as a place of refuge they can go to report offences committed against themselves or friends and family.

Greenhalgh will say that more crime is reported by phone or online. This may well be true, but stations still serve an important role in the community. They want to replace stations with ‘contact points’ – stalls in supermarkets and other public buildings – but we don’t know where these will be, and building owners haven’t even agreed to the idea yet. And anyway, they are not suitable alternatives for people wishing to report confidential or embarrassing matters. We need viable, accessible, and dependable contact points.

Officer Numbers
Greenhalgh will say that there will be more police officers in 2015. He’s right – but only if compared to now. The Mayor decided to compare his future number of officers promised with the figures from 2011. He chose that year because there was a police recruitment freeze and numbers had dropped dramatically, so any future years will look better in comparison.

A fairer date to compare to is 2010, when the coalition government came to power.

Officers in Hammersmith and Fulham
2010 588
2015 556
Net loss of 32 officers, or 5 per cent of officers

Across all London boroughs, we stand to lose 1133 police officers from 2010 to 2015 – a reduction of 6 per cent.

Stephen Greenhalgh and Boris Johnson are spinning police cuts and station closures as a good thing – they’re not. Join me and your local reps including Councillorr Stephen Cowan, and council candidate Max Schmid, at Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday 5 February 6-7pm to stand up for the emergency services in Hammersmith and Fulham.

To attend, you MUST REGISTER online at http://www.london.gov.uk/events/hammersmith-fulham

999SOS Save Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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