Westminster is set to lose six Sergeants from the Safer Neighbourhhod Teams across the borough. In four residential areas, eight wards will have to share four Sergeants insted of having their own Sergeant. In addition, it has been suggested that existing Sergeants will have to reapply for their jobs and even if they are successful they may be allocated to a new, unfamiliar Ward.
The loss of the six Sergeant posts includes:
Harrow Road & Maida Vale Wards Safer Neighbourhood Team - supervised by 1 Sergeant post
Westbourne & Little Venice Wards Safer Neighbourhood Team - supervised by 1 Sergeant post
Lancaster Gate & Bayswater Wards Safer Neighbourhood Team - supervised by 1 Sergeant post
The Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been a huge success story and anything that diminishes their effectiveness is bad news for residents and businesses in Westminster. The loss of the six Sergeants from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams is a blow to fighting crime and anti-social behaviour right across Westminster. I hope that the Police will pull back from making these cuts. Everyone wants to see more police on the streets and the Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been successful in restoring public confidence in neighbourhood policing. Reducing the number of Sergeants is a backward step.