Saturday, September 16, 2006

Opening of Community Police station in Pollards Hill

Yesterday saw the opening of a community police station by the Mayor of Merton Cllr Geraldine Stanford and the Merton Borough Commander Michael in the centre of Pollards Hill. This will allow a base for the Neighbourhood Policing team in Pollards Hill and the neighbouring ward of Longthornton.

The facilities in the new police station are impressive and it is great to see something like this is in my ward. This is the first one opened in Merton and the intention is for further community stations to be opened across Merton. The new community police station will also allow residents somewhere in Pollards Hill to visit the Police about any local issue instead of going the whole way into Mitcham.

Community policing has been an initiative of the Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone who has introduced a safer neighborhood team in each ward in London. Having a safer neighbourhood team in each ward is something that has been of great assistance to Pollards Hill and brought policing closer to the people. In terms of liaison with the Police, the relationship built up by councilors in Pollards Hill with the neighbourhood policing team has been of great assistance in tackling anti-social behaviour in the area.


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