Havering residents ‘will travel 41 minutes to nearest police station’ under plans

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Havering residents ‘will travel 41 minutes to nearest police station’ under plans

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Havering residents ‘will travel 41 minutes to nearest police station’ under plans

Ian Weinfass, Senior reporter
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
5:39 PM

The average resident will have a 41 minute journey to a police station under plans to close most of the borough’s front counters to the public, it has been claimed.

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London Assembly member Jenny Jones (Green, London-wide) highlighted figures showing that Havering residents will have the second longest journeys in London by public transport to a police station if proposals are passed.

The current average time is 24 minutes, the average nighttime journey will increase from 56 minutes to 76 minutes.

Only Romford police station – out of existing Havering police sites where the public can visit to report crime – is due to remain open under the Mayor of London’s current plan.

The Met Police needs to save £514m from its £3.4bn budget by 2015.

The consultation period on the plan has now closed, but Ms Jones believes that residents were not fully aware of what the proposals would mean.

Hornchurch police station, the Straight Road police counter in Harold Hill, Rainham police office and the police counter in the Havering PASC in Romford are earmarked for closurer.

Calling for a second consultation, she said: “There has not been enough information provided to Londoners about how the Mayor’s proposals will affect them.

“It is really difficult for Londoners to be properly involved in a decision about closing front counters if they have no idea about whether these savings are essential and what the alternatives would cost.

“We know a quarter of all rapes are reported to front counters, but what other crimes are reported to them?”

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) said that they had had a “fantastic response” to the consultation and will be publishing the final plan by the end of this month.

Deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh told Ms Jones at a recent meeting: “I will look at your figures, but I would suggest that what matters to people is how quickly police can get to you rather than how quickly you can walk to a police station.

“Putting bobbies before buildings is the way to go.”

On Monday of last week a meeting was held at the Salvation Army Centre in High Street, Romford, to discuss the plans.

Cllr Barbara Matthews (Residents’ Association, Hacton), who helped organise a petition of 5,500 people opposed to the closure of Hornchurch police station, said: “A lot of people are convinced that they’ve already decided, so the turn out wasn’t that great.”
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How many people have to visit a police station nowadays.I think in all my life its only once to produce my driving licence and now you dont need that as its all on line.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

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confused of hornchurch

Yes, it should help to cut down on reported crime figures because very few people will bother to go that far, even if they know where it is.

We should end up with the same apathy as people not bothering to find a polling station on election day.

In the end you start to wonder why if the authorities don't give a toss, why the hell should the public.

Let the anarchy commence.
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confused of hornchurch

Another brilliant cost-cutting initiative?

Police shocked as Operation Trident’s crack murder squad is disbanded

Shock: A crack Scotland Yard murder squad is being disbanded

 Justin Davenport, Crime Editor  

13 March 2013

Detectives from Scotland Yard’s specialist Trident squads who deal with gun killings are to be redeployed in a shake-up of murder investigations.

The Trident teams will be disbanded and all London murders, including “black-on-black” gun killings, will be investigated in future by the Yard’s main specialist homicide and serious crime squads.

Critics say the decision will effectively mean the end of Operation Trident, which was launched in 1998 to combat a rise in shootings in the black community and a lack of trust in police. The move comes a year after Trident was reorganised into an anti-gang unit, and following a fall in the number of fatal shootings in London to five last year.

Former Met adviser Claudia Webbe, who helped launch Trident, said: “The Trident murder investigation unit is the core of everything Trident does. Without the murder investigation team, the police will find it increasingly difficult to infiltrate, interrogate and investigate these types of murders.”

She added: “Black men and women and sometimes children are disproportionately dying on our streets. Trident was always about its specialism and sensitivity that enabled it to get into the culture of the black community and bring people to justice at a time when large numbers of these crimes were going unsolved.”

She accused the Met of trying to bury news of the decision, adding: “They claim Trident still exists but it is just a name now.”

She accused the force and Mayor Boris Johnson, who has backed the Met’s decision, of denying issues of race by making the changes.

The decision is said to have shocked detectives on the Trident murder squads who point to a major success rate in solving gun murders.

But Metropolitan Police commander Steve Rodhouse, who is responsible for investigating criminal gangs in London, said the success of Trident means officers can now focus on preventing gang and gun crime.

He said: “The number of people shot and killed through the use of guns has fallen in the last year to only five. Those reductions have allowed us to move 120 murder investigators into pro-active work to further reduce those numbers of people stabbed and shot on the streets of London.”

He said the Met’s main homicide units had always dealt with black-on-black gang murders involving knives.

“These are the majority of gang murders now, so it makes sense to have all murder investigations under one command. The learning that Trident has built up will not be lost.”

The Mayor, speaking on LBC radio, said: “The anti-homicide unit is being done by homicide, but the prevention side of it is still carrying on with Trident and that is the crucial thing — to tackle gun crime in London and knife crime as well.”