Closure of two police stations and loss of 17 police officers 'an act of vandalism' (From Harrow Times)
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Harrow set to lose two police stations and 17 police officers, announces Boris Johnson
Two Harrow police stations have been earmarked for closure in plans published by the Mayor of London.
Boris Johnson today published his draft police and crime plan in which he lays out the future of the capital’s policing.
The plan proposes the closure of Pinner Police Station in Bridge Street and the police counter at the Civic Centre in Station Road.
If the plan is put into action Harrow will also end up with 17 fewer police officers than it had in 2010.
The proposals also affect Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Currently each SNT has three PCSOs, two PCs and one sergeant.
Under the proposed plans each SNT would only have one PC and a “named sergeant”.
London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, Navin Shah AM, said: "This plan confirms our worst fears.
“We already know that London has lost more than 2,000 police officers in the past two years, but this plan confirms that the majority of London’s boroughs will have fewer police officers than in 2010.
“Combined with the closure of 65 police front counters and the loss of nearly half of London’s PCSOs, this will lead to a smaller police presence in our streets.''
He added: "I totally condemn the proposed closure of Pinner Police Station and Civic Centre facility.
“It is an act of vandalism to close police stations in local areas. It is vital that residents have access to local police stations, so I’m not surprised that local community members strongly oppose the closure of their police stations.
“Harrow will be losing 17 police officers and to make matters worse, the Mayor’s proposed plan details how the Mayor will strip out our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams which are vital in fighting crime in London.”