Tom Brake MP recently challenged the Police Minister, Nick Hurd MP, during Home Office questions about the threat to policing in Sutton. Tom raised his concerns following an announcement that police forces in Sutton, Bromley and Croydon will merge. This will lead to police being re-deployed away from Sutton to higher crime areas in Croydon.
Tom Brake MP said: “Sutton police are very efficient. Is the Minister aware of the London Mayor’s plans that would see the merger of Sutton, Bromley and Croydon police? Does he share my concern that that would lead to their being less efficient and unable to focus on the needs of each borough in the way they should?”
The Police Minister, Nick Hurd MP replied: “Like the right hon. Gentleman, I am a London MP, and my constituents express similar concerns about plans in north-west London. The bottom line is that these operating decisions are being driven by the police and crime commissioner team and the commissioner. They are accountable to the public for their decisions.”
‘I strongly reject London’s Labour Mayor’s proposals to merge Sutton, Croydon and Bromley police forces.”