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Post offices to provide police services

Post Offices are to trial a scheme to provide police services, as 65 police front desks face closure. The Met plan to sell 200 buildings, including New Scotland Yard, to save £500 million a year.

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.

– Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor

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Cutting burglary squads included in plans to save £500 million

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Met+mayors office reveal savage cuts to save £500?million from annual £3.6?billion budget over the next 3 yrs. @londontonight

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Specialist teams like burglary squads in boroughs to be disbanded and 800 detectives moved to neighbourhood teams @londontonight

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Pilot scheme to be set up with post offices to replace some closed front desks in police stations @londontonight

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Mayor boosts number of deputies to seven

Mayor boosts number of deputies to seven
Mayor boosts number of deputies to seven Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Boris Johnson has created six deputy mayors with at least one more in the pipeline as he continues a reshuffle of key City Hall advisers.

London Assembly member James Cleverly is appointed chairman of London's fire authority, replacing controversial fellow Tory Brian Coleman who lost his seat.

Victoria Borwick, another Conservative on the Assembly, becomes the mayor's "statutory" deputy, in place of Richard Barnes, who was also an election night casualty for the Tories.

Isabel Dedring, the Deputy Mayor for Transport will retain her post.

Other deputy mayors include Kit Malthouse who moves from Policing to Business and Enterprise, Sir Eddie Lister who remains Deputy Mayor for Planning and Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture.

Former Hammersmith and Fulham council leader Stephen Greenhalgh is expected to become Deputy Mayor for Policing.

Newly re-elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson on his morning jog

London Mayor Boris Johnson
London Mayor Boris Johnson on his morning jog Credit: Evening Standard/Glenn Copus

He may be safely back in City Hall, but London Mayor Boris Johnson made sure he was still highly visible on an early morning jog this morning.

Photographed by the Evening Standard on his the first day of his second term as Mayor, Mr Johnson wore some oriental style boxing shorts, which he said had been a gift from his daughter.

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