Local police stations create a visible presence. Stations also create a higher presence as officers come and go for their breaks, at the beginning and end of their shift and when they have to secure their CS spray, a registered firearm arm which has to be locked in a designated place.
Funding for local police services has been cut by both the Government and the Mayor, while people's safety and communities are being put at risk. The lease for the Ealing Police Station expires in 4 years.
Unbeknown to many residents, we have already lost our counter service at Ealing Police Station.
Aside from a proposal for a new counter service as part of the new council building when it eventually transpires there are no plans from the current council to ensure a police station is retained in Ealing.
With the population set to increase by 10% over the next 10 years it is ludicrous that Ealing is faced with the possibility of no local station.
Jo Baldwin Trott, Lib Dems candidate for the Cleveland Ward served as an officer for Avon and Somerset Police. 'In the area I policed in Bristol the crime rate significantly increased when the local police station closed. The fear of crime also increased due to the reduced visibility of officers. The local criminals knew that the police would take longer to respond and took advantage of this'.