Bromley, Croydon and Sutton Police Commands to Merge
Under new plans, the police commands of the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon and Sutton are to merge together to form a new Basic Command Unit (BCU).
The detailed planning for the new BCU commands will start in April, with a six month lead in period prior to the merger. This is to allow the necessary work to ensure that the BCU is set up to meet the requirements of the three boroughs, in recognition of the fact that the local situation is different across London. This work will be led by a new BCU commander, Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe.
Jo Johnson MP said: “I have been in contact with the Commissioner of the Metropolis, Cressida Dick and the Borough Commander, Chris Hafford, in order to seek assurances that these changes will not adversely affect safety or lead to a fall in the number of police officers operating in the Orpington constituency on a permanent basis.
Decisions about where officers are based and where the new BCU will be located will be made in due course, but I have been given firm assurances by New Scotland Yard that officers will continue to operate from Bromley police station and that every ward in the London Borough of Bromley will continue to have two full-time, dedicated officers and one PCSO. These officers will not be abstracted from their ward in order to attend to other duties.”