CRIMES can no longer be reported at Greenford Police Station and Ealing and Southall stations will be shut at night once cost-cutting changes approved this week come into effect.
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will be shaken up with the current model of one sergeant, two PCs and three PCSOs per ward dropped. Instead there will be just one dedicated sergeant, PC and PCSO per ward with support drawn from a pool of neighbourhood officers.
But police chiefs say the changes will lead to a better force because the savings will allow for more bobbies on the street. The number of officers in the borough will rise from 664 to 727, this will include an extra 93 safer neighbourhoods officers.
Greenford and Northolt, Ealing, Acton and Southall will each have their own inspector accountable to the public.
Emergencies will still be able to be reported 24 hours a day at Acton Police station but this will no longer be the case at Southall or Ealing which is to be moved into the council's Perceval House across Uxbridge Road.
Greenford police station, in Oldfield Lane South will not be completely closed to the public. It will become a contact point, open every Wednesday and Thursday evening between 7pm and 8pm and Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm.
More contact points with the same hours will be opened in Northolt Leisure Centre in Eastcote Lane North, Ashbourne Parade in Hanger Lane, Ealing, and South Ealing Road, South Ealing.
Council leader and Greenford Broadway councillor Julian Bell, said contact points were not enough.
He said the changes ‘feel like a retreat from the community in Greenford’s busy town centre’ that it ‘goes against their policy to encourage more face to face contact to overcome language barriers in Southall’ and ‘Ealing will be the only metropolitan town centre in London without 24-hour cover.’
He added: "The council has been very clear that we’re more than happy to facilitate 24-hour access to the police in Perceval House."
The changes are part of a scheme to cut £500million across the Met and are to be brought in by 2015.
Greenford is one of 63 stations to be closed across the capital. About 70 will remain open with half of these open 24-hours.