Letter to the Met Police Commissioner on a Dedicated Borough Commander

Dear Commissioner Dick,

Dedicated Borough Commander for Lambeth

We have reviewed the ‘One Met Model 2020’ plan and note the intention to reduce the number of Borough Commanders from 32, one for each London Borough, down to just 12. We are very concerned about the impact that this significant change will have on our communities and on the effectiveness of policing in Lambeth.

We understand that the Met is seeking to make significant budget cuts through a reorganisation away from the Borough based policing model. The current Lambeth Command (LX) is proposed to be merged into Southwark Command (MD). The new ‘Basic Command Units (BCU) ‘pathfinders’ are Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham merger, alongside a second pathfinder in inner London from the boroughs of Islington and Camden merger – neither of these areas are similar or reflective to the policing challenges that are apparent in Lambeth and Southwark.

Lambeth has always been, and continues to be, a unique Borough.  It has high levels of youth violence and domestic violence and the relationship between the police and the borough's diverse communities has at times been extremely challenged.  

The number of Stops and Searches in Lambeth was over 12,000 last year – this is uniquely high, for London and the UK as a whole. As you know, this has been the cause of much upheaval and tension within our communities for over a generation. The leadership role that a single borough commander plays in this context is absolutely critical.  In our view, removing a dedicated Borough Commander for Lambeth would be detrimental to our communities, to our visitors and tourists and to our local businesses.

As the new Commissioner for we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this important decision.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Hayes MP

Kate Hoey MP              

Chuka Umunna MP

Florence Eshalomi AM

Dulwich & West Norwood

Vauxhall

Streatham

Lambeth & Southwark