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I received the letter below from Lynne Featherstone MP. It identifies 2 surveys relating to the possible closure of police stations to the public. The two surveys are:
The two surveys obviously have different slants. The Met want to demonstrate that most crime should be reported by phone or over the internet. The LibDems want to show that Lynne's championing of the Muswell Hill 'front counter' is justified by the perception that Haringey without front counters would be like Dodge City without a marshall.
My experience is that the Safer Neighbourhoods team neither read their emails nor answer the phone/messages. Ringing the local proper police station has always worked for me in the past for reporting burglaries (I have suffered several). I have never had to use 999 for a police emergency.
I think I tend to the 'Dodge City without a marshall' train of thought. The place would definitely feel less safe without a police station to walk into.
Dear Mr Essex,
The Metropolitan Police are in the process of looking at changing the way the public can contact them, including potentially limiting the number of police front counters open 24/7 to only one in Haringey.
I have long campaigned to keep the Muswell Hill front counter open (now staffed by volunteers) and have fought hard for better opening hours at the Fishmongers Arms front counter in Wood Green, because I believe front counters matter to residents. I am very worried by the Metropolitan Police plans that could leave only one front counter open in each borough. If you have suffered crime, reporting it to a person, face to face, with the reassurance that provides, can be crucial. If Haringey is left with only one front counter, this will be much harder to do, and that is bad for crime reporting and bad for crime fighting!
Before any major decisions are made, the police want to hear from residents across London. They are currently running a public consultation until the 27th May - do have a look on: http://www.keysurvey.co.uk/survey/360083/41a8/
I am worried that, for obvious reasons, this is a general review and therefore is not quite asking the questions that matter to us here in Haringey with regards to our front counters, and how they are being used. To make sure that the police are presented with a comprehensive response that shows the need for front counters here in Haringey, we have put together a short survey focussing on our local needs here in Haringey. Please take a couple of minutes to respond -http://bit.ly/l0fGgl
Your response to our survey will make our submission to the consultation much stronger, and will really help our case in fighting any proposed closures of front counters across Haringey.
Lib Dem Crime spokesperson Cllr Martin Newton is also meeting the new borough commander Sandra Looby on Friday to raise concerns about the potential closure of front counters. If there are particular issues you would like him to raise, do let us know.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully taking a few minutes to respond to our survey. Rest assured that I will fight the mass closure of front counters in Haringey - they are too important! Don’t forget to get back to me before the 27th May when the consultation ends.
MP for Hornsey & Wood Green (Lib Dem)
(020) 8340 5459 firstname.lastname@example.org