Future of policing in the Royal Parks
Date posted: Tuesday 16th September 2014
We understand that the Mayor of Londonâ€™s Office has submitted a bid to the Home Office for funding which will replace existing policing arrangements. We have not been informed or consulted. This is very disappointing given that the requirements of both Richmond and Bushy (outer London parks) are very different from those of the central London parks. There is already a minimal police presence in Bushy, as there is little crime and disorder, and officers are regularly abstracted to duties in central London. Our priority is to ensure that park regulations are enforced; such as protection of wildlife and the fabric of the park, plus speeding cars. Both Richmond and Bushy Friends groups have long advocated the introduction of wardens/rangers with appropriate powers. We have responded jointly to the recent announcements and involved local MPs, sharing our thoughts on a preferable policing model.
I know that many of you share our concerns and we will keep you up to date when we have feedback to our submissions. The document is available by clicking Royal Parks stakeholder consultation.