Search

The Met to merge Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham police forces

PUBLISHED: 13:18 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:18 12 February 2018

The Met is combing its borough forces to save money. Picture: Ken Mears

The Met is combing its borough forces to save money. Picture: Ken Mears

Archant

Bexley’s police force is being combined with Greenwich and Lewisham as part of a cost-cutting Met initiative.

The Met need to deliver £325 million of cuts by 2022, with officer numbers expected to fall to 30,000 by April having been at around 32,000 under former mayor of London Boris Johnson.

London will now be divided into 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs), as opposed to the previous system which separated the force along borough boundaries.

Savings will be made by boroughs sharing buildings, resources and staff.

The Met faces a “significant financial challenge, alongside increasing demand,” according to Scotland Yard.

“We need to plan for a future with less and become more resilient so we can continue to meet our financial and operational challenges,” they said.

A pilot of the scheme has already seen Barking and Dagenham grouped with both Havering and Redbridge. Islington and Camden were also grouped.

The scheme had mixed results. In the tri-borough merger the number of police complaints soared once the pilot began.

From November, the month before the merger, to December, the first month of the trial, the number of complaints trebled.

Response times were hit badly by the trial, with the average wait being almost 40 minutes in June.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan branded the failings “unacceptable” and response times eventually recovered.

Scotland Yard said they have worked to “identify the key lessons learnt” to help ensure a smooth rollout, which is expected to take a year.

As well as cutting overall costs, the merger will also free up more money for neighbourhood policing, safeguarding and emergency response.

Deputy assistant commissioner Mark Simmons said: “Local policing is at the heart of what the Met does every day and we will improve it further by offering a service that is more personal and responsive to London’s needs.

“BCUs will allow us to put first victims of crime and those people who need us the most. Our new structure will also give us the resilience and consistency we need across the whole of London, so we can continue to respond to large scale incidents and meet the financial and operational challenges we are facing.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Since Bexley Council launched its anti-litter campaign earlier this year, 1,000 Bexley residents have now made the commitment to pick up at least one piece of plastic litter a week.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A faulty filtation system in a fish tank is believed to have caused a fire at a care home in Thamesmead on Sunday (December 9).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Rail travellers are now benefiting from recently completed work to improve access to Erith Station and to enhance the forecourt and station building.

A Bexley man who was suspected in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has admitted being a kingpin in a £4 million drugs plot.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A burglar who stole three cars from homes in Dartford and Bexley has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Officers have made a number of arrests this morning (Thursday, December 6), including in areas of Bexley and Bromley as part of an investigation into violent disorder which occurred on August 25 in the Hounslow area.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24