Shoreditch police station is set to close by the end of the year, as the Mayor’s office confirmed plans to save £8 million from the Metropolitan Police budget. It is the second police station in the borough to close in four years, following Hackney Central police station in 2013.
Four smaller police bases across Hackney, where the public can meet local officers for non-urgent issues, are also due to close by the end of 2017. The buildings, in Shacklewell, Haggerston, Hoxton and Upper Clapton, are where local police currently start and end their neighbourhood patrols.
Similar police contact points in Well Street, Homerton University and Haggerston Road will be rebranded as “Dedicated Ward Officer Hubs” with improved marketing, in order to increase public footfall.
The closures are part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) plan to shut down “underused” stations in London, in order to limit the consequences of the cuts to the Met’s budget.
London’s police officers numbers have fallen steadily, and could drop to 27,500 – the lowest level in 19 years, causing fears over public safety, mayor Khan warns. This would mean a 26% loss compared to 2010 figures.
Hackney Council has recently tweeted that the borough has lost 200 police officers since 2010. It has also started a petition – “Foot the Bill” – calling on the government to stop further cuts on Police numbers and budget over concerns on the raising levels of crime and antisocial behaviour.
Sadiq Khan said: “Every pound that is spent keeping a police station or front counter open is a pound that would otherwise need to be found from further cuts to police officer numbers.”