Bromley police will merge with Sutton and Croydon police the Mayor of London has announced. Bromley LibDems condemn this decision and ask all concerned Bromley residents to sign a petition calling on the Mayor to urgently reconsider this decision.
"Bromley is geographically the largest borough in London, and the police here are already under strain - we lost 3 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?" said LibDem road safety campaigner Chloe-Jane Ross. "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. "
Local police have told the Lib Dems that Bromley now only has one pursuit car - in the event of a pursuit two cars are needed to end the chase in a pincer movement - so we will need to wait for a second car from Croydon or Sutton! Simply on the basis of crime statistics it's clear that Croydon will inevitably suck away resources from Bromley and Sutton.
"These cuts and this merger beggar belief - our Police can not operate effectively on this and local people will pay the price" said Chloe-Jane Ross.
The Mayor's announcement was that the current set up of 32 borough will be replaced by 12 Borough Command Units (BCU). BCUs will be expected to deliver policing functions such as neighbourhood policing, emergency response, CID and safeguarding. Each will be led by a chief superintendent who will be the BCU Commander. This move comes as the Met is being forced by the Tory Government to make savings of £325m by 2021/2022. As part of the changes, Bromley police will come together with Sutton and Croydon police to form 1 of 12 Basic Command Units (BCU).
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