Kingston Liberal Democrats welcome plans for 25 additional police officers for Kingston town centre.
It's part of the Metropolitan Police's London-wide scheme into town centre policing and the team in Kingston will consist of 21 constables, three sergeants and one inspector. The new team should be in place by December this year.
Local Lib Dems, including MPs Ed Davey and Sarah Olney, have called for additional officers for Kingston, lobbying the Metropolitan Police to increase the police visibility in the town centre.
Ed Davey MP said, "Lib Dems have been calling for the Met Police to increase the number of police officers in our area for a long time, so I welcome the news that a team of 25 new police officers will be in place by Christmas, making the town centre safer with knock-on benefits for the whole Borough."
Sarah Olney MP added, "We're proud of the work our local police teams do, but far often they're the first to be called upon to help at large-scale protests and demonstrations in Central London, leaving our Borough's police over-stretched and over-worked. Hopefully, this investment in a new 'Town Centre Team' for Kingston will help to keep us all safe, this winter and beyond."
Cllr Caroline Kerr, Leader of Kingston Council, added, "This big boost in police numbers in the town centre will really support our ambition of a safer borough for all, as we know how important safety is for residents. The Council is already working with the Safer Kingston Partnership, which includes the Metropolitan Police, the Fire Brigade and the Clinical Commissioning Group, to make the whole borough a safer place."