Met Simon O’Brien, Haringey’s Police Chief. As ever, the subject of the moment was the future of police properties. The very well positioned proposed new police front counter and neighbourhood teams’ base in Muswell Hill has fallen through because the work needed to be done was too expensive. This is a real mistake. The position on the roundabout was perfect for public access and for the teams to patrol from. You’ll be lucky to find that again.
We have a bit of a discussion about the possible proposals to close Wood Green front counter at night. I have no doubt that the debate that Simon wants to have around only three people a night using it typically will find trouble at mill. As I explained (and he knows himself) local people want to feel that there is a place of safety at night – even if they don’t use it. But at least Simon says he will take his proposals out into the community and argue his case when the time comes – which in turn means people who feel differently will get to argue back too!
In talking to him I also highlight the really good work of some of police officers such as Andrew Underwood (for his community initiative on Wood Green High Road), the Safer Neighbourhood Team in Bounds Green (who, thanks to their work with kids, have now spawned the Bounds Green United football team) and the police community support officers in Muswell Hill and Alexandra wards who are really getting to know and engage with the most challenging kids.