A decade of successful neighbourhood teams is set to be decimated – Caroline Pidgeon

January 9, 2013 4:39 PM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, commenting on the Mayor of London's Draft Police and Crime Plan published today and the admission by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime that each ward in London will merely have one Police Community Support Office and one police constable dedicated to each ward said:

"These proposals will decimate the successful safer neighbourhood teams that have operated in every ward across London for the last decade. If implemented there is a real fear that we will return to the dark days when the public had far less contact and interaction with their local police.

"The model of a dedicated team of police officers for every ward has helped restore confidence in policing and ensured that the police are far less remote from the public."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

 

Safer Neighbourhoods teams usually consist of one sergeant, two constables and three police community support officers (PCSOs).

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