Last month the Mayor of London announced that Sadiq’s campaign to save Tooting Police Station from closure and ensure it remains open to the public, had been successful. A month on from this good news, Sadiq met with Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, to discuss the future of policing in Tooting.
As a result of campaigning from Sadiq and local residents, Tooting Police Station will now continue to have a point of access to the public, despite originally being earmarked for closure by the Mayor of London. There will also be an additional contact point in St Georges Hospital with consideration of further contact points possible.
Despite saving the police station, Sadiq continues to be worried about cuts to local policing, as Safer Neighbourhood Teams are to be reduced from a minimum of 1 Sergeant, 2 Police Officers and 3 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to a minimum of one PCSO and one police officer per ward. He sought assurances from the Deputy Mayor, that these officers would will stay in post long term so that they can build vital local connections. It is important that local residents get to know their local policing team and that the police know their area.
Sadiq also raised concerns about the Mayor’s plans for contact points across the borough. It is essential that the contact points are well publicised, so that local residents know how to access them and when. This map has been provided by Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and shows what services are available across Wandsworth.
Going forward Sadiq will be working closely with the Borough Commander, David Chinchen to make sure the contact points work effectively for the people of Tooting.
In his campaign to fight for local policing, Sadiq will be working hard to make sure there are no more police cuts and there is proper public access to the police in Tooting.