I have received this email from the LibDem spokesman on crime.
I thought you would appreciate an update on Policing in your local area following the meeting that Lynne and I had with the Acting Borough Commander, Chris Barclay on 28 January 2011.
We presented Commander Barclay with the results of the questionnaire on Safer Neighbourhood Policing which included the views (anonymously) on policing priorities from residents of Alexandra. Bounds Green, Crouch End, Forties Green, Highgate, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Noel Park, Stroud Green and Woodside wards.
Commander Barclay assured us of the commitment to Neighbourhood Policing in Haringey and that named teams in wards would remain and that policing priorities would continue to be set by each local community through the ward panels. He also assured us that the safety concerns of local residents will be paramount in any decision on policing in the local area. The views from our survey will be included in the Metropolitan Police (MET) London-wide review and also fed back to individual ward teams for them to take note of any specific local issues.
However, some decisions are being taken by the MET across London and these will have an impact locally and are likely to result in Sergeants being responsible for two wards rather than one, and for some reduction in Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). However, it was hoped that some PCSOs would convert to being Police Constables.
I happened to meet the Commander again on Thursday 3rd February and he thanked us for enabling residents to give individual comments as this had been really helpful in putting the case to the MET for our local police teams in Haringey.
I believe we have given the police a strong message that local policing matters to keep crime down in the local area, so once again, thank you for your views. Together with Lynne Featherstone MP and my Liberal Democrat colleagues in Haringey, I will continue fighting for the police to stay local. Safer Neighbourhood Teams are good for the local community and good for local safety. If there are any issues relating to policing, or any other matter that you would like Lynne Featherstone¹s or my help with, please don¹t hesitate to get in touch email@example.com
Thanks again for taking the time to respond to the survey.
Cllr Martin Newton Liberal Democrat Fortis Green ward Liberal Democrat Crime Spokesperson