Londoners could soon be reporting crimes in Post Offices.
They join coffee shops and supermarkets as possible alternatives to the traditional police station.
They're all among the ideas being considered by the Met, as it deals with 500-million pounds of budget cuts.
More now from Ronke Phillips.
Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh says often people only go to police stations to hand in lost property, so Post Offices could provide a solution in providing police services, while cutting costs.
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Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh said that the force is in early discussions to set up the pilot which will be introduced in 6 month's time. He said Post Office staff are ideal because they are security cleared, used to taking cash and some post offices also have secure rooms.
What we propose to do at this stage, and we are in very early discussions with the Post Office, is to pilot something, to test something out, and to only expand that if it works.
But in theory Post Offices could provided a fixed point on the high street, with some branding with the Metropolitan Police Service, where you could potentially bring your lost property, if you need to produce identification, if there's a licence that you need to go to a police station for you could maybe do that in a Post Office. And even very simple crime reporting potentially could be done.
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