ory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey immediately pledged to reopen the 38 police station entrance counters which have closed in London within the final 4 years.
Mr Bailey, on a walkabout with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Uxbridge this morning, vowed to return the capital’s variety of police stations open to the general public to 73 by 2025 if he’s elected subsequent Might.
Mr Bailey, a former youth employee, mentioned he understood the significance of a everlasting native police presence. He claimed it might assist to sort out rising crime charges seen since Mr Khan took workplace in 2016 and make it simpler to report crime.
The capital’s police stations have been first in the reduction of in 2013 when Mr Johnson was mayor. Then the variety of entrance counters was decreased by 63, from 136 to 73.
Mr Khan continued the coverage to focus spending on frontline officers moderately than buildings. The purpose was to save lots of £8m a yr by closing extra entrance counters and selling-off police buildings to lift an estimated £165m.
Mr Bailey was immediately pictured outdoors Uxbridge police station with Mr Johnson, the native MP. The station is without doubt one of the 38 to have its entrance counter shut. The pair additionally visited a fishmonger.
Mr Bailey mentioned: “Greater than 38 police stations have both been partially closed or totally closed by Sadiq Khan.
“When a police station closes, residents lose the power to talk to an officer when they should. This hurts communities and makes our streets much less protected.
“As Mayor, I’ll totally reopen each single one of many police stations that Sadiq Khan closed — ensuring residents can all the time converse to an officer when they should.”
Mr Johnson mentioned: “This one right here in Uxbridge is strictly the kind of police station that Sadiq Khan has wrongly earmarked for closure. Shaun is working with the native council with an awesome plan to maintain it open and clearly in case you again Bailey subsequent yr we can have extra police out on our streets preventing crime.”
He added: “What we’re doing is the Authorities is getting extra police out on the streets however we’d like a robust, crime preventing Mayor like Shaun Bailey to show the tide within the struggle towards crime and get crime down.”
Some boroughs solely have one police station. Mr Bailey’s plans would contain all boroughs having at the very least two police stations.
The 38 new entrance counters could be “primarily based in properties that kind a part of the police property and can all be re-opened by the top of his first time period”. The Met has 137 operational buildings in London.
The Mayor’s Workplace for Policing and Crime beforehand justified the closures by saying solely eight per cent of crimes have been reported at entrance counters in 2016.
The Met has needed to discover about £1 billion of cuts and financial savings this decade – with extra because of be introduced this month because of a shortfall in Higher London Authority revenue brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
In September, Mr Khan mentioned the Met was reviewing its estates technique after the Authorities a yr in the past promised 20,000 extra police nationally – of which the Met hoped to obtain 6,000.
However he criticised the Authorities for being “far too sluggish” to establish funding past the primary tranche of 1,369 Met officers – which means it was tough to plan forward.
Mr Khan’s spokeswoman mentioned: “The Tory Authorities is implementing a brand new period of austerity cuts on the police by refusing to refund the Met or Metropolis Corridor for the total value of tackling the virus and the revenue misplaced in consequence.
“Relatively than being courageous and asking the Prime Minister to reverse these cuts, the Tory candidate is making empty guarantees with cash that merely doesn’t exist.
“Londoners received’t be taken for fools by the Tory candidate – in spite of everything he was the Downing Road crime adviser who helped implement the final spherical of big Tory police cuts below David Cameron.”