Gipsy Hill Police station is now open to the public for 3 hours hours a week. Starting this week the new opening hours at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT are :
Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm , Thursdays 7pm to 8pm and Saturdays 2pm to 3pm
Thanks to a massive campaign from local residents, community groups & elected repesentatives in the Upper Norwood area the London Mayor has agreed not to close and sell off Gipsy Hill police station. It has been saved as a base for cross borough policing and a limited hours front desk .The local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will continue to work out of Gipsy Hill Police Station.
To call the police ring 101. In emergencies always ring 999
Thanks to efforts of community campaigners and councillors in the Crystal Palace area the London Mayor has agreed to retain Gipsy Hill police station at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT as a base for cross borough policing- the Crystal Palace area consists of the corners of 5 different boroughs.
The local Safer Neighbourhood Police teams will also work from Gipsy Hill police station which the Mayor has finally agreed to reopen as a non-urgent face to face police contact point on Wednesday & Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Cllr Mike Smith with Knights Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team
The police service is facing a 20% cut in funding as part of the massive cuts in public spending by the Tory Lib –Dem coalition government. The London Metropolitan Police have already stopped recruiting new police officers this year. They will also have to look at possible changes to neighbourhood policing but first want to hear what residents think about their current local Safer Neighbourhood Police teams .
Assistant Commissioner McPherson, Metropolitan Police, said: “Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have made a significant difference to safety and confidence across London. We remain committed to delivering effective neighbourhood policing that focuses on the safety of local people and ensures a visible local policing presence in all our communities. We are committed to maintaining named officers in every neighbourhood in London who are responsible for identifying and tackling local crime and anti-social behaviour.”
The Knights Hill police team , councillors & Val Shawcross
The introduction of local policing by Ken Livingstone, with a dedicated local team out and about in every neighbourhood , has been welcomed by residents throughout London. The teams have been a success and helped create safer neighbourhoods and reduce crime.
Responsibility for policing in London lies with, the London Mayor . Police borough commanders are worried the massive cuts in public spending expected next year will have an impact on police numbers on the ground. We will post the latest news on this web site.
If you live between Elder Road, Crown Dale, Leigham Court Road, Knollys Road and Norwood Road (in Knights hill ward) your local team is the Knights Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team based at Gipsy Hill police station. Last weekend the police team met up with local ward councillors and Valerie Shawcross, our elected representative on the London Assembly. You can email Valerie about London and policing matters at Val@valshawcross.com.
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