Tuesday 16 June 2009 10.23pm
Dear Forum users
Does anyone have any news about the proposed closure of Rotherhithe police station?
I remember hearing that some minister, no doubt not living in the Bermondsey/Rotherhithe area, wanted it to close down. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
Politicians shouldn't close the station or any police stations, on the contrary, an extra floor should be added to house extra police officers. I don't want to see more officers on the streets in order to arrest people, I want to see them really communicating with the local residents as they used to do, and for the police to genuinely be seen as part of the community, which they no longer appear to be. They shouldn't have to arrest many people, because they should be a strong deterrant to problems arising.
I found the following figure on Southwark Council
s own website. For every 1,000 resident in Southwark there are 33 violently attacks against a person. In the whole of London, not including Southwark, there are 23 violent attacks against a person. I think 23 attacks is is terrible, but 33 attacks per 1,000 people in Southwark is appalling.
Southwark has nearly twice as many residents in the borough on average, than the rest of the London boroughs, on average. Therefore, as a percentage, the number of violent attacks in Southwark is wholly unacceptable and even greater in percentage terms.
We really do need more police and better education in Southwark.
Thank you in advance for any comments.