Bexley to debate Met Police cuts at consultation event

News Shopper: Changes to the Met are to be debated in Bexley. Changes to the Met are to be debated in Bexley.

PLANS to slash the Met estate’s running costs by £60m are to be debated in Bexley later this month.

The Police and Crime consultation event will hear from deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh and assistant commissioner for territorial policing, Simon Byrne.

Town hall meetings are planned in every London borough to discuss Mayor Boris Johnson’s draft Police and Crime Plan and Met Estates Strategy.

It is proposed 65 of the Met’s 136 front counters will close including the one at Belvedere Police Station, but the service at Bexleyheath will stay as every borough is guaranteed one 24-hour station.

Met numbers are set to remain at 32,000 with an additional 2,600 officers added to Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Following the eight-week consultation period the final Police and Crime Plan will be published in April.

Mr Greenhalgh said: "The changes proposed by the Mayor will give London the police force it needs for the 21st century and reconnect Londoners with the first public service."

The Bexley consultation will start at 6pm on Tuesday, January 29 at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath.

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