Bromley police chief urges Met to keep sergeants in safer neighbourhood teams

Bromley’s borough commander Chief Superintendent Charles Griggs

Bromley’s borough commander Chief Superintendent Charles Griggs

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BROMLEY’S top cop has asked the Met Police to keep the borough’s safer neighbourhood teams (SNT) as they are - despite plans to reduce the number of sergeants.

The Met has announced plans to reduce the number of SNT sergeants across the capital from 630, which is one per team, to 330 over the next two years as part of budget cuts.

However, Bromley’s borough commander Chief Superintendent Charles Griggs has submitted a proposal to Met chiefs to continue having a sergeant for each SNT.

Mr Griggs said: “My proposal for Bromley is to retain 22 sergeants on our 22 wards. That position has not changed. I would expect the impact of the cuts to be cushioned by the Olympics.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will submit a draft police budget to the London Assembly on February 10, followed by a final draft on February 23.

How this budget will break down for each individual borough, and how much Bromley will receive, is not expected to be announced until March.

A Met spokeswoman said: “The planning assumption for SNT is that there will be a reduction in supervision costs over the three year budget period.

“It is the current intention to reduce the supervision cost in SNT by £15m a year by 2013/14 by reducing the number of sergeants by 300, with 100 in 2011/12 and 200 in 2012/13.”

In a recent public consultation of 110 people in Bromley, 108 were in favour of maintaining a dedicated SNT with a sergeant for each ward.

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12:47am Thu 3 Feb 11

BillHeslop says...

Look. I've lived in the Cray for a long time. I remember when it had Inspectors and Superintendents there. These days we "only" have Sergeant, but a bigger population to boot - and that is important. At least the Sergeant is always about. We know him. He has been here for a long time (the longer the better) and we can (at the moment) rely on the support of his superiors (Briggs). I for one support the police and think they are doing their best in difficult times. Applaud Briggs for his support and support your local Sergeant...all we want on top is the station at the bottom of Star Lane opened for a few hours a day with a fully trained and paid member of staff, although the door bell is useful. I think the Met do a good job and support them. Thats my thought and I know my friends agree and we all live locally.
Look. I've lived in the Cray for a long time. I remember when it had Inspectors and Superintendents there. These days we "only" have Sergeant, but a bigger population to boot - and that is important. At least the Sergeant is always about. We know him. He has been here for a long time (the longer the better) and we can (at the moment) rely on the support of his superiors (Briggs). I for one support the police and think they are doing their best in difficult times. Applaud Briggs for his support and support your local Sergeant...all we want on top is the station at the bottom of Star Lane opened for a few hours a day with a fully trained and paid member of staff, although the door bell is useful. I think the Met do a good job and support them. Thats my thought and I know my friends agree and we all live locally. BillHeslop
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9:50am Thu 3 Feb 11

handymanchris says...

i was half expecting to see the first comment and s1agg1ng off about the police!

what a nice comment =0)
i was half expecting to see the first comment and s1agg1ng off about the police! what a nice comment =0) handymanchris
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