Police contact points in Brent face the axe amid multi-million pound Met cuts
PUBLISHED: 10:12 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:20 21 July 2017
The front counter at Kilburn Police Station has been earmarked for closure alongside a number of safer neighbourhood bases amid £400m cost-cutting plans by the Met.
The Salusbury Road station is one of 20 across London that receives few reports each day at its front counter: 1.4 a day on average during May, according to figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (Mopac).
Wembley police station in Harrow Road, where an average 4.4 crimes were reported daily in May, could remain if plans laid out by Mopac are approved.
The Met has already slashed £600m off its budget since 2012. But another £400m of savings must be made by 2021, £200m of which has been identified, meaning a further £200m remains outstanding.
It is estimated £170m of capital could be raised by closing “underused” front counters and selling “expensive to run” buildings that “only support back-office activity”. That money could be spent on improving technology available to officers on the front line as well as the £10m annual running costs, Mopac says. That’s the equivalent of more than 170 police officers.
“The backdrop to these ambitions is a prolonged period of reductions in funding for policing in London,” writes Sophie Linden in the document, adding that “tackling the financial challenge forces us to make some tough choices”.
Also under threat is the contact point at the London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park which was opened in December 2014.
Chalkhill police station in Ken Way and Harlesden police station in Craven Park are among the list of buildings to be “disposed of or exited”, the report states, as well as eight safer neighbourhood bases. These are: Walm Lane, Willesden; Kingsbury Trading Estate Unit in Church Lane, Kenton; Mount Pleasant in Alperton; Wembley Retail Park (London Design Outlet) as already mentioned, Strata House, in Waterloo Road, Dollis Hill; Vale Farm Sports Centre tennis pavilion in Watford Road; and King Edward Court in Elm Road, Wembley.
“Every pound saved by closing a poorly used front counter is a pound of savings that we do not have to find by reducing officers.” the consultation says.
To read the Mopac report in full, visit the Mopac website