South Norwood police station has been formally put up for sale this week. The changes will help to save on running costs and sell properties that are no longer required, allowing the Met to invest in modern facilities that are fit for officers, staff and the public. The budget changes within the Met also see the number of warranted officers rising by 117 officers, putting more police on our streets than ever before.
A statement from the Borough Commander says that at a time when the nation has to make major financial savings, the Met also has to change the way it operates - not only to make it more efficient but also to offer the best police service possible. At this time, the station remains open to members of the public, but as per the met's plans under the MOPAC proposal, it will be closing over the summer and the met has undertaken to ensure that the public is made aware of when this is going to happen once it has been finalised.
The sale of this building is part of the most significant transformation of the police estate across London in the history of the Met. Over the summer, South Norwood - along with Kenley and Norbury stations - will cease to be operational, with Kenley and Norbury also to be put up for sale later this summer.
The Borough commander remains confident that the station closures will not impact on his force's ability to deliver local policing. There will be more officers out on the streets, working daily in local neighbourhoods.
Croydon Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent David Musker said:
"These three buildings are out-of-date and no longer meet our needs for 21st-century policing - they are expensive to run and are not fit for purpose. Their sale will help the Met meet some of the significant financial savings we are required to make over the next couple of years.
"We will be changing the way we operate here in Croydon in the autumn under the Local Policing Model and these operational changes will mean that we are able to deliver a better service for Croydon's communities.
"I want to reassure the public that the closure of these stations will not mean a drop in service. We will have deployment bases in the north, centre and south of the borough and we have a recently-opened custody facility in Windmill Road, which will enable us to deliver quality policing across Croydon."
Councillor Simon Hoar, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection said:
"Our irresponsible Labour opposition has been scaremongering that these changes will be a setback to public safety. The truth is quite different. In Croydon a number of little-used police stations are to close and instead the police will have contact points in many other public buildings around the borough. The stations which will close, which does NOT include the Central Croydon Station, typically have less than ten visits by members of the public per day, so I would suggest that their loss is not going to set the fight against crime back by very much!
"What will make a difference, though, is the extra officers. In Croydon we will see an increase in our officers from 623 to 740, which will be the largest number of permanent officers we have ever had."
- The full list of locations, maps and opening hours of police stations, contact points and deployment bases for all London boroughs can be found on the MOPAC website.
- Please click on the Croydon PDF file; http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/mission-priorities/police-and-crime-plan
- The front counter facility at South Norwood currently remains open to the public. Changes to the opening hours and availability of front counter services as per the MOPAC plans in Croydon are due to be made over the summer and we will advise media and the public of any changes and closures once dates have been confirmed.