Over half of London’s police front counters will close, leaving one 24-hour police counter in each borough, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced today.
The decision was made in order to save £8 million, the equivalent of the cost of 140 police constables. The cuts are part of an effort to maintain the number of police officers on the beat.
Khan said the closures were a reaction to “drastic government cuts”.
The plans follow a public consultation where concerns were raised regarding Kensington and Chelsea as Notting Hill Police station, located close to Grenfell Tower, is set to close. The 24-hour counter will move to Kensington Police Station.
A temporary, two-year counter near Grenfell Tower is proposed for the start of 2018 to ensure continued community engagement.