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Bromley Lib Dems launch petition aganist Bromley police merge plans

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 February 2018

Lib Dem Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon with campaigners and a police officer. Picture: Bromley Lib Dems

Lib Dem Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon with campaigners and a police officer. Picture: Bromley Lib Dems

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Bromley Lib Dems have condemned the decision for Bromley police to merge with neighbouring boroughs, in a petition calling for the Mayor of London to reconsider the decision.

Mayor Sadiq Khan announced yesterday (Monday, February 12) that the merge with Sutton and Croydon police would be taking place.

Chloe-Jane Ross, Lib Dem road safety campaigner, said: “Bromley is geographically the largest borough in London, and the police here are already under strain - we lost three police stations just a few months ago.

“Now our police cars will be expected to help in Croydon or Sutton, how on earth are they going to get back quickly enough to assist local residents?

“We all know how much pressure the police are under due to Tory cuts, but while this might be a possible solution in inner boroughs, combining Bromley, Croydon and Sutton would create a huge area which, in our opinion, is just too big for one unit to cover without their own dedicated resources.”

According to the Lib Dems, local police have said that Bromley now has only one pursuit car, meaning in the event of a pursuit where another car is required, the second will have to come from Croydon or Sutton.

Ms Ross added: “These cuts and this merger beggar belief.

“Our Police can not operate effectively on this, and local people will pay the price”.

According to Scotland Yard, the Met faces a “significant financial challenge, alongside increasing demand.”

The Mayor’s announcement was that the current set up of 32 boroughs will be replaced by 12 Borough Command Units (BCU).

The move, which comes in response to the Met being urged by the government to make savings of £325m by 2021/2022, also includes BCUs delivering police functions such as neighbourhood policing, emergency response, CID and safeguarding.

The change will see several other boroughs merging police forces, including that of Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

Each will be led by a chief superintendent who will be the BCU Commander.

The access the petition go to www.bromleylibdems.org.uk/bromley_police_merge

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