Bromley Conservative’s U-turn on policing is welcome news
Penge’s Labour Councillors have welcomed the recent U-turn affecting police coverage in Penge and Bromley. As a result, Bromley police will retain their own Borough Command Unit, rather than being forced to pool resources in a so-called ‘tri-borough’ arrangement under Bromley Conservative council’s plans.
In addition, local police bases which were earmarked for closure will now stay open. This means that Penge will continue to have its own police team, operating out of Copperfield House in Maple Road.
This is good news, but there’s always room for improvement. Penge Councillors believe that the police ‘non-emergency’ phone service – the 101 service – is not working as well as it should. Reports of anti-social behaviour are falling, though we believe the problem is as bad ever. It often goes unreported, because people give up in frustration when they call 101 but get no response. Councillors will be taking the matter up on the Public Protection and Enforcement Working Group.