|Open Letter from Richard Tracey AM|
Fiona Twycross' "Challenges cuts & 'sham' consultations” article is misleading
The Police Plan does not propose cuts to police numbers or local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs), rather the reverse. There will be 79 more officers in local policing in Wandsworth by 2015 than in 2011 and 49 more officers in Merton.
Her map shows police stations closing, but of course fails to show the new front counter and police access points which are about to be set up over the next year. Re-thinking how the public access police face-to-face is long overdue. Some stations in London saw only an average of one visitor a day - not a good use of taxpayers’ money. Also, victims could wait in line for ages behind people filling out lost property forms. Taking the form filling function out of front counters into such as post offices is a positive step; as is the aim to enhance front counter provision in London.