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On Patrol with the Police

April 24, 2009

This week I had the pleasure of joining the police on patrol across Lewisham. Many local residents say crime is their top concern, and so I wanted to know more about how the police do their work.

I was struck by two things in particular. Firstly, that the police have to spend a huge amount of time completing paperwork (nowadays it’s really ‘computerwork’). If they make an arrest, they must then spend the next three or four hours processing it, which means they cannot be out on patrol

Secondly, that while a lot is being done to tackle violent crime in Lewisham, there are still daily incidents of gun and knife crime. There are many good initiatives to deal with this issue, and I am involved in one called, ENOUGH! Make Youth Violence History. Click HERE to find out more, or watch this video which was made by members of the campaign (not me!).

I’d like to thank Sgt. Jackson and his dedicated and professional team at Catford Police Station for letting me join them.

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ENOUGH! Make Youth Violence History

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