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Uxbridge police station counter to close - residents can quiz police chief tomorrow

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The Uxbridge police station building is slated for sale, with the all day front counter for reporting crimes on a list for the chop.

The Metropolitan Police Service plans to move the existing 24/7 front counter at Uxbridge to Hayes - which is currently a daytime facility.

Hillingdon residents will have a chance to quiz Hillingdon Borough Commander Chief Supt Colin Wingrove about the proposals tomorrow night at a public event.

Graphs below from Met Police and London Mayor consultation on future of policing

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The Uxbridge plans are part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and Metropolitan Police Service Public Access and Engagement Strategy. The move comes as the force has slashed costs by £600 million in recent years and now faces further cutbacks of at least £400 million.

Also planned to close in Hillingdon are these buildings:

Northwood police office - a police Station/Annex - with no public access
Station/annex - with no public access at Ruislip Police Station
Heathrow Police Car Pound In Hillingdon
SN Base Colham House, Hillingdon, unit 1 ground floor part

Uxbridge was one of three custodial suites to close already, with three more across London to shut.

The consultation document stated that “falling detainee numbers have led to underutilisation of many suites – which have therefore become inefficient to run.”

It said: “This, aligned with significant challenges in recruitment and retention of civilian custody staff, has led to proposals for the
custody estate to be reduced to 26 suites and 5 contingency suites.”

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and Hillingdon Police will be holding a public information event tomorrow night from 6.30pm at the Civic Centre in High Street Uxbridge.

Police cadets and special constables will also be in attendance to provide crime prevention advice and details on how to get involved with volunteering.

Another key element of the changes is that a Telephone & Digital Investigation Unit, based in West London, launched on 4 September.

The police report stated: “As well as reporting crimes via the telephone, we also want to allow people to engage more actively with the police during the course of an investigation on the phone. In simple cases, where the victim is happy with the approach, this is much more convenient for the victim and saves valuable officer time.

To give your views on the proposals visit www.
London.gov.uk/public-access or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to:
Public Access Consultation
MOPAC
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London
SE1 2AA

Responses will be received until 5.30pm on 6 October 2017.

The Metropolitan Police Service is asking these questions in the consultation:

1. Do you agree that it is right that the MPS improves its online offer to the public?
2. Do any partners or other community members have suggestions for possible
suitable locations for new Dedicated Ward Officer hubs?
3. Is it right to replace Contact Points with more flexible Community Contact
Sessions designed to free up officer time and meet the needs of individual
communities across London? How could they best be run in your area to meet
the needs of your community?
4. Do you agree that it is right that the Metropolitan Police Service prioritise police
officers over poorly-used front counters?
5. In the five cases set out in this document, do you agree that it is right to swap
which front counter will remain open in order to maximise savings and receipts?
6. Are there any front counters which should be retained, on the basis of demand,
where the impact on budgets, savings and receipts can be limited?
7. Should we consider low-cost alternatives to front counters for communities over
45 minutes from their nearest front counter? What options should we consider?
8. How can we ensure that hard to reach communities are identified and their
voices actively sought on London-wide and Borough-level policing issues?
9. How can MOPAC better enable local communities to be more aware of,
and involved, in the work of the local Independent Advisory Groups, Safer
Neighbourhood Boards, Independent Custody Visiting and Community
Monitoring Groups?
10.How can the Metropolitan Police’s community engagement complement and
work more closely with the public engagement by local authorities?

11. What type of information should be shared by the police to help communities
feel informed about policing and crime in their area?
12.What type of information should be shared by the police to help communities
protect themselves from crime and anti-social behavior?
13.By what delivery method should this information be shared? Are there new
digital or innovative methods that should be trialled?
14.How should the police reassure the public about crime trends and be a trusted
source of facts, particularly on social media?
15.How can communities be reassured about real-time events or trends in their
area?
16.How can we empower local citizens to influence Borough and Ward-level
policing? How can this be achieved digitally or through other virtual means, so it
is not just through physical attendance at Community Contact Sessions?
17.What tools or training do local citizens need to feel empowered to assist and
work with the police to reduce crime or anti-social behaviour in their area?

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