Brixton Police Station
Brixton could be the only police station left in Lambeth as part of the government’s plans to cut the Metropolitan Police budget by a further £400m by 2020.
£600m has been cut since 2010 and means a thousand police officers have already disappeared from London’s streets.
There was a big and successful campaign to save Gipsy Hill police station in Upper Norwood a few years ago and our local police station is still open to the public a few days a week. (See our post 28/6/13) However this public facing desk will have to go together with most of our local beat officers if the Met’s proposals to meet the next round of cuts goes ahead. For details see:
Lambeth Labour councillors are calling on the government to reconsider their cuts to our police service. To support the campaign go to: https://www.change.org/p/sos-saveourstations
This is not just a London issue see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764324/40-police-stations-close-violent-crime-surges.html
Sadiq Khan is consulting on the new draft policing plan for London with plans to crack down on knife crime and improve victims services. Our London Mayor is proposing three new London-wide commitments:
- keeping children and young people safe
- tackling violence against women and girls
- and standing together against extremism, hatred and intolerance
To have a say on this draft plan: go to the consultation website.
Deadline for comments is Thursday 2nd March 2017
At a time when government is cutting public sector budgets the London Metropolitan police are having to make considerable savings. £600m efficiency savings have been made since 2019 and the government requires a further £400m savings by 2020.
Lambeth Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee is meeting at The Old Library, 14-16 Knight’s Hill SE27 0HY on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
The meeting starting at 7pm will focus on crime and disorder including the performance of the Safer Lambeth Partnership and the borough’s Youth Offending Service.
Police and council officers, and councillors, will be on hand to answer individual queries before the meeting from 6pm.
For detailed facts & figures see the papers at: http://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=113&MId=9676
All very welcome to attend
Gipsy Hill Police Station
Gipsy Hill Police station is now open to the public for 3 hours hours a week. Starting this week the new opening hours at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT are :
Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm , Thursdays 7pm to 8pm and Saturdays 2pm to 3pm
Thanks to a massive campaign from local residents, community groups & elected repesentatives in the Upper Norwood area the London Mayor has agreed not to close and sell off Gipsy Hill police station. It has been saved as a base for cross borough policing and a limited hours front desk .The local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will continue to work out of Gipsy Hill Police Station.
To call the police ring 101. In emergencies always ring 999
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Gipsy Hill police station
Thanks to efforts of community campaigners and councillors in the Crystal Palace area the London Mayor has agreed to retain Gipsy Hill police station at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT as a base for cross borough policing- the Crystal Palace area consists of the corners of 5 different boroughs.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Police teams will also work from Gipsy Hill police station which the Mayor has finally agreed to reopen as a non-urgent face to face police contact point on Wednesday & Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
For details see:
Lambeth has lost 214 police officer since 2010. To support Lambeth’s campaign to restore 100 police officers to the borough see:
Council leader, Cllr Lib Peck met with the Deputy Mayor for Policing at City Hall, Stephen Greenhalgh on Wednesday 13th March following an earlier meeting with the Mayor, Boris Johnson. See article in 5th March edition of South London Press.
Lambeth council is asking the Mayor of London to provide 100 more police officers for Lambeth to make our streets safer.
The Mayor of London is responsible for policing across London. According to the Mayor’s own figures the number of police officers in Lambeth has fallen by 20 per cent since 2010 meaning we lost 214 police officers in that time. That’s the biggest reduction of any London borough. Lambeth is asking for a fairer deal and more police for a borough which has high levels of crime and increasing levels of fear of crime (up 9 per cent last year). 100 more police officers would mean Lambeth being treated like other London boroughs and will bring us in line with the London average. That’s a fair deal.
The 100 extra police will:
- Keep local policing teams
- Break the cycle of gang violence
- Make Lambeth safer for women
- Reduce robbery and serious violent crime
- Put police where they are needed most.
You can help by signing the council petition and passing it on to your friends and family.
And come along to a public meeting in the new Clapham Library at 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB on Monday 18 March 7pm to 8.30pm