Soho - Special Constable(MSCs) Official Launch

On Friday night the work of the team of Special Constables who help the regular Police in providing a uniformed presence in Soho on Friday and Saturday nights was formally  recognised by a visit from Kit Malthouse Deputy Mayor for London and Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority.

Left to right - Kit Malthouse, Superintendent Loxley,
 Me and Superintendent Alan Horton (in charge of MSCs)

After giving Awards to various outstanding individuals Kit and I, together with the MSCs, went out on patrol with the teams including a specialist dog team looking at the on street drugs market in Soho.  We saw at first hand how the presence of significant numbers of uniformed police officers act not only as a deterrent to crime but provide an effective way to allow the concerns of residents to be addressed and sufficient manpower to undertake on -street operations of this kind.

Every weekend the Specials give their own free time to patrol the streets of Soho putting themselves in harm’s way.  They are volunteers who are unpaid and provide a wonderful example of contributing to society in a practical and meaningful way.

There are currently 4000 Specials in London of whom 350 are working in Westminster.  The target is to achieve 7000 by the time of the Olympics in 2012 and if you are interested in volunteering to help and are able to give up 25 hours per month on your time then you can contact the Recruitment Office

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