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Bromley police changing to Met's 'local policing model'
IT IS all change for Bromley police tomorrow (September 16) as the Met’s local policing model goes live in the borough.
Under the plan there will be changes to the safer neighbourhood teams (SNT) so they become responsible for investigating neighbourhood crime and reducing anti-social behaviour.
They will also be tasked with tackling those who cause harm to the community – including drug dealers.
There will be more officers from the safer neighbourhood teams on patrol late into the evenings, over the weekends and at peak times.
In the borough there will be four neighbourhood inspectors who will have the flexibility to direct officers to where they are needed un-restricted by ward boundaries.
They will take responsibility for reducing crime in their area and be held accountable to the local community.
Bromley’s four neighbourhood inspectors are:
- Inspector Darren Murphy, with responsibility for the North East neighbourhoods - Bickley SNT, Bromley Town SNT, Chislehurst SNT, Mottingham & Chislehurst North SNT and Plaistow & Sundridge SNT.
- Inspector Ian Brown, with responsibility for the North West neighbourhoods - Clock House SNT, Copers House SNT, Crystal Palace SNT, Kelsey and Eden Park SNT, Penge and Cator SNT, and Shortlands SNT.
- Inspector Paul Power, with responsibility for the South East neighbourhoods - Chelsfield & Pratts Bottom SNT, Cray Valley East SNT and Cray Valley West SNT, Farnborough & Crofton SNT, Orpington SNT and Petts Wood & Knoll SNT.
- Inspector David Antoine, with responsibility for the South West neighbourhoods - Biggin Hill SNT, Bromley Common & Keston SNT, Darwin SNT, Hayes & Coney Hall SNT & West Wickham SNT.
Victims of crime, or those who wish to speak with a police officer, can now make an appointment at a time and place convenient to them.
Bromley now only has one police station open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week – in Bromley town centre.
Other police stations will run front counter services.
There will be additional contact points in police buildings and staffed by SNTs across their neighbourhoods for a minimum of three hours per week.
The 101 telephone number will remain for non-emergencies and the public will be able to request a visit from an officer within 48 hours.
And the 999 system remains for emergencies.
Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne said: “Having listened to our communities we understand that people want their local police to be where they are most needed.
“By changing the way we do things, local police have more flexibility and better managed resources to tackle crime and criminals affecting the lives of local people.
“With all 32 boroughs operating under the new model, our consistent approach to making neighbourhood policing our priority, demonstrates our commitment to giving Londoners the service they deserve.”
And the deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh said: “After the most extensive public consultation ever carried out into policing in London, we have listened to what people want in putting ‘bobbies’ before buildings.
“Moving 2,600 extra police officers into neighbourhoods provides a golden opportunity for the Met to reconnect with Londoners.”
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