Your chance to quiz police bosses as crime falls in Sutton

Boris Johnson brought in a new policing model across London last year

Boris Johnson brought in a new policing model across London last year

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Crime has fallen in Sutton since a new policing model was introduced last year.

And in an effort to make sure crime continues to drop, people will be able to quiz senior police bosses on their plans and explain what they would like to see done in the coming year.

London Mayor Boris Johnson implemented his police and crime plan last year. It involved making large changes to the way the borough is policed by increasing officer numbers, making it easier for officers to be seconded to other areas and shutting the police point in Wallington.

The plan was initially met with scepticism from some quarters, including Councillor Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council, and Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake.

But crime figures have dropped in Sutton in the last 12 months, with a 20 per cent fall in the number of assaults, robbery down 15 per cent and a reduction of 14 per cent in theft from vehicles.

London's Deputy mayor for policing and crime Steven Greenhalgh said: "Crime in Sutton is coming down and I want to congratulate the Borough Commander and his officers for their sterling work.

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"The Mayor’s target is to see key neighbourhood crimes cut by 20 per cent across all London boroughs by 2016 and in Sutton we are well on our way to achieving this."

People will be able to hear from senior policing officials including Mr Greenhalgh, Sutton Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson and Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne when the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) roadshow arrives on Thursday.

The MOPAC Roadshow will take place at Sutton Civic Centre in St Nicholas Way from 6.30pm on Thursday.

To register for the event, click here.

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