Tooting Police Station announced it will shut its doors this October, as the latest building to close in a drive to save money and update existing facilities. 

As part of the Met’s Estate Transformation programme, the building on Mitcham Rd, SW17, was originally due to close at the end of March 2021.

However, the Met said the move is now planned for next month, to reduce the costs of the estate and allow for funds to be reinvested in their growing workforce.

The seven neighbourhood policing teams based at Tooting Police Station will move to other locations, including Mitcham and Earlsfield Police Stations.

While the twelve safer schools officers will relocate to Jubilee House, Lavender Hill Police Station and Mitcham Police Station.

Lavender Hill will maintain its 24/7 police front counter for Wandsworth borough, as will Wimbledon Police Station for the Merton.

Mitcham Police Station will also remain open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm.

A post on Tooting Police's Facebook page explained the decision: 

"This will make the best use of the current estate and will enable more effective command and control of resources and leadership.

"Despite our officers moving locations, we will continue to provide
a localised service. Each ward has two dedicated police officers and one PCSO and all officers remain within a 20-minute journey time of their wards.

"Neighbourhood officers will continue to work closely with their local communities and Safer Neighbourhood Boards. They will also continue to provide community contact sessions and increase the use of mobile devices so that they can work in the community and not just within traditional police buildings."