The West End has always dragged attention and resources away from the more residential north of the borough. Issues relating to the policing of the West End entertainment industry, diplomatic and public order policing are frequently put before the concerns of residents who live in the borough particularly those of us in the North. With the proposed closure of Police station front counters at Harrow Rd, St Johns Wood and Marylebone and reduced hours at Paddington Green, this trend will be even more acute if the Mayor’s proposals are implemented.
The situation is compounded even further with the lost of 247 police officers between May 2010 and November 2012 and 267 PSCO/Police Support Community Officers and the effective end of safer neighbourhood policing model in the City and the rest of London.
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) are holding consultations on the proposals. The one for the City of Westminster will take place on the 31st of January, so get yourself there and make your views known. You can book by visiting this link.