Local Assembly Member joins first ever Walk the Met
The period leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest for the Metropolitan police. Local London Assembly Member, Jennette Arnold AM, joined local officers to get an insight into the extra demands placed on officers keeping London safe throughout the festive period.
They spent time in Stamford Hill and spoke to local residents about their concerns. Ms Arnold also visited the base of Hatzola - Stamford Hill, a Jewish first response ambulance service run by dedicated volunteers. Last year this amazing charity, funded only by voluntary contributions, had a 2 minute response call rate and answered over 6,500 calls. Ms Arnold also met the local PC whose vigilance are investigative prowess resulted in the closure of a drug house, and the arrest of a number of major drug dealers
The Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said:
“It’s great that so many politicians are walking the streets with local police officers, getting a real feel about what policing London is about.
“At Christmas, officers continue to work around the clock and protect London whilst people are enjoying their festivities, so we hope this helps highlight the challenges our officers face and their year-round dedication.”
Local Labour London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold AM said:
“It was a pleasure to join officers from Hackney last week.
“Our officers work hard all year round but seeing the extra challenges the festive period can bring was very insightful. It was a chance to see first-hand how officers have responded to growing pressure on resources and it was impressive to see that they are still able to deliver a professional service with diligence and dedication.
“I am very supportive of the Walk the Met initiative and do hope it becomes a new Christmas tradition for Hackney and indeed for London.”