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Policing fears as wards to share sergeants are revealed

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by Lorraine King

The 10 wards in the borough that will be forced to share five sergeants between them as part of the police cuts across London have been revealed.

Earlier this year London Mayor Boris Johnson annouced that some Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) could lose their sergeants as plans to axe 150 across the Metropolitan Police Service.

According to documents obtained by Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, the following wards will be served with one sergeant: Barnhill and Welsh Harp, Kenton and Queensbury, Northwick Park and Preston, Mapesbury and Brondesbury Park, Kilburn and Queens Park.

All SNTs will still retain two PCs and three PCSOs.

Mr Shah is calling for Mr Johnson to reconsider the plans citing that the borough streets could be at risk.

He said: "There's a real risk that our streets will now start to feel less safe.

"Safer neighbourhood teams have been one of the Met's big success stories , since their introduction by Ken Livingstone, and the sergeants are an integral part of that. The Mayor's making the wrong cuts and should think again."

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of Policing, said: "Every ward will still have a Safer Neighbourhood Team, and every team will still be lead by a sergeant.

"Each borough will have the same strength in officer numbers. The only difference is that the sergeant may be shared amongst wards. In many cases this will lead to better co-ordination."

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3rd November 2011