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21 September 2012
Southwark’s top police officer has retired just nine months after taking the job – and he has blamed budget cuts at the Met for his early departure.
Charles Griggs was made Borough Commander in January and had intended to stay for three years.
Today he announced that he was stepping down in just seven days.
“I left Bromley proud and excited to have been posted to Southwark with the firm intention to serve as their Borough Commander for three years,” he said in an email to politicians in Bromley.
“However, I am sure you are aware of the financial crisis faced by the MPS and, sadly, as part of the budget cuts in response to that crisis it has not been possible for the MPS to honour their commitment to my three year tenure.”
Cllr Peter John, the Leader of Southwark Council, said he was “incredibly surprised” at Commander Griggs’ retirement and commended his “great work” in the borough.
“I was really worried when I heard this news about Mr Griggs leaving,” said Cllr John. “I am concerned as council leader on a Southwark level, but I’m concerned on a London level.”
The Met Police were unable to respond or provide a comment before the News went to press.
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