Tower Hamlets residents to question Met bosses at local meeting

Stephen Greenhalgh, deputy mayor for policing and crime

Stephen Greenhalgh, deputy mayor for policing and crime - Credit: Archant

City Hall and Met bosses are set to take questions from Tower Hamlets residents about the capital’s police force as part of a series of town hall meetings in every London borough.

Deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh, and assistant commissioner Simon Byrne, are planning to set out Mayor Boris Johnson’s strategy for reducing crime over the next four years.

The pair will be taking questions on controversial proposals to close local police stations in a bid to make savings.

The town hall meetings form part of the public consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan.

Mr Greenhalgh said: “In these challenging economic times, tough decisions will have to be made, but ultimately we want to boost public confidence in the police, cut crime, and drive down waste.

“To do this we need to get more officers out on the streets and be smarter about the how we use police buildings, including police stations and custody suites.

“These changes will, I believe, give London the dynamic, flexible police force it needs.”

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The Tower Hamlets meeting is on Thursday, January 24, from 8pm, at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, in the People’s Palace Building of Queen Mary University in Mile End Road.