Search

Merger of policing units ‘will not affect the front line’

PUBLISHED: 10:12 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 03 December 2018

A controversial merger of Bromley’s policing units with Sutton and Croydon “will not affect the front-line”, a meeting was told. Picture: Met Police

A controversial merger of Bromley’s policing units with Sutton and Croydon “will not affect the front-line”, a meeting was told. Picture: Met Police

Archant

A controversial merger of Bromley’s policing units with Sutton and Croydon “will not affect the front-line”, a meeting was told.

The decision to join the three police command units together comes as Scotland Yard looks to save £325m by 2021/2022.

The current 32-borough model will be condensed to 12 Basic Command Units (BCU) each comprising two or three boroughs.

Despite the police numbers dropping to just 30,000 officers this year, a Safer Bromley Partnership meeting was told the move won’t impact the borough’s front-line staff.

Superintendent Craig Knight said: “It shouldn’t affect the front-line in anyway, shape or form. The number of front-line officers remains the same.

“There is a natural up and down where people leave or get promoted, but the number will remain the same.”

The merger is set to go live in February, a date that was pushed back following delays with HR.

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

Bromley, Croydon and Sutton officers will share buildings and resources as well as borough boundaries.

The new system has come under fire by critics who claim it will overuse the already stretched resources of police – especially in a borough as big as Bromley.

Supt Knight reiterated that Bromley will still have three dedicated response units once the change happens.

He said: “We made the very conscious decision to keep retain three response units.

“A lot of BCUs across London have gone down to one response site where everybody operates from. Where we have seen that happen there has been a dip.

“We made the decision to retain three sites, that may change in the future but I very much doubt that will happen.”

Emergency teams respond to 999 calls, and are different to normal neighbourhood policing patrol teams.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill and Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake both issued objections to the merging of the police commands – and the Bromley Lib Dems launched a petition against the decision.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Festive feeling went up a gear in Orpington High Street on Sunday, December 9, as hundreds of men, women and children, and the odd dog, took part in the second Orpington Santa Dash, organised by Orpington 1st in partnership with mytime Active.

Yesterday, 17:18

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Yesterday, 14:09

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

Yesterday, 11:59

A Bromley man who strangled his former wife in a fit of “pent-up jealousy” after she refused to sleep with him one last time for £100 has been jailed for at least 16 years.

Yesterday, 10:38

Shoppers will now find Bromley’s historic Charter Market in the Market Square area and it will be open every day from Thursday, December 13 to Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A jealous ex-husband who subjected his former partner to harassment and abuse before callously murdering her then going on the run has been found guilty of murder.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24