Not so Public Survey on Police Stations

On 11 April the Metropolitan Police launched a survey to hear from Londoners how they access police services. Did you know?

The Met are reviewing the way the public access police services and police front counters includes access to police stations. The survey asks about telephone and on-line services as well as front counter availability, and the feedback is intended to inform the Metropolitan Police plans to review public access later in the year.

You can take part in the survey here

The review is part of the Territorial Policing Development Programme which aims to develop and implement a more cost effective model for policing. (Details from the Metropolitan Police Authority here section 11 deals with public access)

The Met Police have already stated that one of their options is to have one 24hr police station in each borough supported by scheduled drop in desks in other locations.

There are 6 stations within the Tower Hamlets borough
Bethnal Green Police Station Opening Hours: 24 hours
Brick Lane Police Station Opening Hours: Mon,Wed,Fri 1100-1900 Tues,Thurs 1100-2200 Sat-Sun 0700-1500
Bow Road Police Station Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 0800 – 2000, Saturday – Sunday 1000hrs – 1800hrs, Closed Bank Holidays
Poplar Police Office Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 0900-1700
Limehouse Police Station Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
Isle of Dogs Police Station Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 1000 – 1800

Between October 2010 and February 2011 the Met conducted a survey to review the structure, location and function of Safer Neighbourhoods teams with over 12,000 responses from the public. According to the MPA website (section 9) the results were:-

  • Unanimous support for the concept of Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Desire for even closer partnership working, with improved sharing of intelligence, tasking, service provision, accommodation and procurement
  • High level of flexibility within central parameters for individual boroughs to deliver bespoke ‘Safer’ services


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