Joanne 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, Joanne McCartney AM, joined local officers to get an insight into the extra demands placed on officers keeping London safe throughout the festive period.

Ms McCartney joined PC James Flesher and PCSO Mark Tilley to walk the beat for a morning in Enfield. They spent time around Albany Park and spoke to local residents about their concerns. Some of the issues raised included anti-social behaviour and gang activity.

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 Joanne McCartney AM said:

“It was a pleasure to join officers from Enfield 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 Enfield and indeed for London.”

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