Jo Johnson MP met with senior representatives of the Metropolitan Police last week to discuss plans for the restructuring of local policing across London.
Jo was briefed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons and Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, future Borough Commander of the new South Area Basic Command Unit.
At the meeting, Jo sought and received firm assurances that these changes will not lead to any reduction in police numbers in Orpington. Every ward in the London Borough of Bromley will continue to have two full-time, dedicated officers and one PCSO.
Jo also recently met with the Chief Commissioner of the Metropolis, Cressida Dick, to discuss policing in London and is in regular contact with the current Bromley Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Chris Hafford, in respect of local issues in Orpington.
Jo said: ‘I am encouraged by my meeting with the Deputy Assistant Commissioner and the future Borough Commander of the South Area Basic Command Unit. There is a clear strategy in place which is designed to deliver the best possible outcome for local policing and I welcome the assurances given regarding officer numbers in Orpington.’