Wallington police station to close to the public for all but three hours a week
One of the borough's police stations will be closed to the public as part of sweeping reforms to the capital's police network.
Wallington police station's front counter in Crosspoint House, Stafford Road, will be shut under the Mayor's Office for Police and Crime's (MOPAC) plan to change the way London is policed.
The draft of the plan was put out for consultation earlier this year and, under that plan, the front counter was to be closed to the public.
However, although the front desk will close, following the consultation, the police station will open to serve as a contact point for three hours a week.
The final plan was announced today following months of consultation with people and stakeholders including councils and other emergency services.
The plan includes an increase in police officers in the borough, from 295 to 337 by 2015, but the set up of neighbourhood teams will change.
Neighbourhood teams are made up of a sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs but under the plans there will be just one PC and one PCSO for each neighbourhood.
There will be a greater pool of officers available to each team with other officers less rigidly attached to neighbourhoods, meaning they can be sent to other areas of the borough if needed.
Sutton police station, which is open to the public all day and night, will be unaffected by the plan, as will the police point in Central Road, Worcester Park, which is manned by volunteers and only open for limited hours.
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