In Southwark the Borough Commander not only has to lead a team in a challenging part of London, but also has to work with the council and other partners and build relations with the local community.
So I am very concerned to hear that Southwark’s Borough Commander Charles Griggs is leaving after only nine months.
Whilst it is important to recognise that progress has been made in cutting crime and building links between the police and the community in Southwark, there is still a long way to go. Only one year ago there were riots in Southwark.
That is why I regard it as a significant blow to lose Commander Griggs so soon after his arrival and particularly give his previous service and extensive experience in the borough that made him so suited to the role of Borough Commander.
I have written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to ask the reasons for this sudden departure and what plans are in progress for Commander Griggs's replacement.