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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, previously announced that 37 police stations across the capital would be closing. This sadly included Chiswick Police Station. This has followed a number of reductions in the services offered at Chiswick Police station.
Liberal Democrats think this is totally unacceptable. Chiswick is a busy area and closing so many police stations will create a barrier between the police and the community they are meant to be serving. Even though ten percent of crimes reported are at the police station some people are not happy to use internet based police services.
Local police stations create a visible presence. Officers spend more time patrolling the area close to the station 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.
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Gary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Southfield ward, said: "I suspect that the fear of crime will increase if the police reduces it visibility of officers to the public. There are examples elsewhere, when local criminals knew that the police would take longer to respond and took advantage of this."
We the undersigned call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Government to keep Chiswick police station open and fund the service properly; and Ealing and Hounslow Councils to stand up to the Mayor and the Government on this issue.
We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to the Metropolitan Police.
- Pete Dollimore donated 2017-11-20 23:49:53 +0000
The London Mayor's plan to close Ealing and Southall police stations is totally unacceptable. Ealing Labour council is offering no alternatives while people's safety and communities are being put at risk. We have already lost our counter service at both Ealing and Southall police stations. Now the police stations will be closed.
Local police stations create a visible presence. Officers spend more time in the area close to the station as officers come and go for their breaks and at the beginning and end of their shift.1,109 signatures
Jo Baldwin Trott, Liberal Democrat campaigner, 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 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.' Read Jo's longer piece on this issue here.
Sonul Badiani - Liberal Democrat candidate for Ealing Central and Action: “We all know that knife crime in London and Ealing is out of control. I’m ready to fight this issue as your future MP, and I’ve already started work on the ground by setting up a local working group to tackle knife crime. With your help, I am critically fighting to stop our local police station from closing. With a Labour Council and Mayor subjecting us to cuts and failing to attack knife crime in Ealing, now is the time to speak up for our community. Please sign our petition (below) and help save our police station and fight knife crime.”
More information about Sonul's proposals here.
We the undersigned call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Government to keep Ealing and Southall police stations open and fund the service properly; and Ealing Council to stand up to the Mayor and the Government.
We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to Ealing Council and Metropolitan Police.