Wandsworth police vacancies spark concern

Wandsworth police vacancies spark concern

Wandsworth police vacancies spark concern

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

The number of vacancies within the borough's Safer Neighbour Teams (SNT) has sparked concern among residents.

There are currently four vacancies in the Tooting SNT and two in Furzedown team, after Police Community Support Officers have left to train as police constables.

The empty positions have resulted in concerns over the lack of police visibility and a fear burglaries will increase.

Chief Inspector Charlotte Taylor of Safer Neighbourhoods Wandsworth said: "In February, a number of PCSO's left the Bbrough to start their training to become PCs.

"This has reduced the number of PCSO's on the borough and across the MPS as a whole. As a result, an MPS-wide PCSO campaign is underway to recruit over 400 new PCSO's into the organisation.

"In the short term, a review has been conducted across the borough, to ensure each ward abstraction across all wards is fair.

"The situation is monitored closely and flexing of staff across the SNT's is used when necessary."

Councillor Leonie Cooper, who represents Furzedown said: "It is a great concern and worry to local councillors to have four vacancies in the Tooting Safer Neighbourhood Team and two in the Furzedown team.

"Local people have already noticed that patrolling officers are less visible, and have been asking us what is going on?

"We can only hope that burglaries and robberies don't start to rise again."

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9:08am Wed 7 Mar 12

puzzled says...

Nice to see someone else is concerned about this,I felt like the lone voice crying in the wilderness
Nice to see someone else is concerned about this,I felt like the lone voice crying in the wilderness puzzled
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2:50pm Wed 7 Mar 12

susan ekins says...

No, you are not a lone voice. Queenstown Ward SNT Panel and local residents have been complaining about the cuts for months and months. At the moment our SNT is at 66% strength - in February it was at 50%.

Boris Johnson refuses to accept that there have been cuts - 1789 regulars in the Met as a whole. 50 more expected in Wandworth alone according to the MPA budget.

And it does not help matters that the proposed police team in the parks will be 4 down on the original team of 16, and 1 down on the events team of 6, and with no indication from the council as to what will happen after 3 years.

Our Ward had a meeting with Jane Ellison last week. Although it was productive it seemed that she had no knowledge of these figures. For those that are interestedm, check out the MPA website,.

We have a wonderful SNT here in Queenstown, but given that the Ward covers more than 320,000 ha. it is obvious that we need more regulars and PCSOs. Of course, I am only speaking for our ward, but it will be the same all over the Borough, let alone London.
No, you are not a lone voice. Queenstown Ward SNT Panel and local residents have been complaining about the cuts for months and months. At the moment our SNT is at 66% strength - in February it was at 50%. Boris Johnson refuses to accept that there have been cuts - 1789 regulars in the Met as a whole. 50 more expected in Wandworth alone according to the MPA budget. And it does not help matters that the proposed police team in the parks will be 4 down on the original team of 16, and 1 down on the events team of 6, and with no indication from the council as to what will happen after 3 years. Our Ward had a meeting with Jane Ellison last week. Although it was productive it seemed that she had no knowledge of these figures. For those that are interestedm, check out the MPA website,. We have a wonderful SNT here in Queenstown, but given that the Ward covers more than 320,000 ha. it is obvious that we need more regulars and PCSOs. Of course, I am only speaking for our ward, but it will be the same all over the Borough, let alone London. susan ekins
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