Chief Superintendent David Musker has been appointed Borough Commander for Croydon following Adrian Roberts departure. He is expected to start work on Monday.
Ch Supt Musker is currently the Borough Commander for Wandsworth. I am delighted that the Met have appointed an experienced Borough Commander, recognising the particular issues the police face here in Croydon. Prior to the riots, they had been making real progress in tackling violent crime and I hope that Ch Supt Musker will build on that. If we want people to support our town centre it must feel like a safe environment - recorded crime figures are of course important but so are people's perceptions of how safe a place is.
I am also pleased that the Met have listened to representations from all three Croydon MPs and the Council and filled this vacancy very speedily. Given what happened last month, it would have been unacceptable to hold a long-winded recruitment process.
Finally, I would like to put on record my thanks to Adrian Roberts for all he did for our town and wish him well in his new role reviewing the Met's response to the riots and then policing the Olympics.