Isle of Dogs to see "significant increase" of police
Operational changes to the Isle of Dogs police station, which will see opening hours for visitors drastically reduced, have been defended by a senior officer who said the front counter was "greatly underused".
Police also say there will be an increase in officers based on the Island.
Inspector Trevor Robinson said in a letter to Blackwall and Cubitt Town councillor Gloria Thienel: "When the station counter was open it was greatly underused with a very low foot fall and thus in the review it is now a contact point."
He also revealed there would be an extra three neighbourhood policing teams based at the station - currently at two - meaning more officers on the Island.
"The three new teams will, when needed, directly support the officers from Blackwall and Millwall on operations if their teams require any assistance," said Insp Robinson.
"These officers will also, on a daily basis, travel through Blackwall and Millwall to get to their specific area of deployment. This should increase the presence of police officers in those wards."
Meanwhile, current shift patterns for officers is to extend from 10pm to 3am on some nights.
Insp Robinson's letter comes after Independent Councillor Maium Miah of Millwall said the changes, brought about by Mayor Boris Johnson's spending review, were effectively closing the Isle of Dogs police station.