Police update from Merton's police chief: Police keep up the good work in Wimbledon and good luck team GB
By julie_cross | Saturday, August 04, 2012, 07:27
Friday's police update from our borough commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Williams.
Det Chief Supt Darren Williams
One week into the Olympics and I am delighted by the way that my officers and staff have risen to the challenges of helping deliver the greatest sporting event in the world and policing the greatest borough in the world.
The Met is a world class police service with a sound reputation for delivering safety and security and we have used our vast experience and expertise to help us rise to the challenge. The long hours that everyone is working are taking their toll but so far the policing operation in Merton has been brilliant. We have been assisted by colleagues from across the country and I went out on patrol myself with colleagues from Northumbria. Quote of the day from them: "I never realised just how busy it is for you lot down here!"
As I alluded to last week, Merton will not stop because of the Olympics and we won't stop policing Merton. I have not relented on my aim to drive down crime across the borough particularly around violence, burglary, motor vehicle crime and ASB.
In 3 of these 4 areas we are experiencing continuing reductions all of which evidence the hard work and dedication of my teams and individuals. Motor vehicle crime is still higher than last year but is now reducing. However, items such as Satnavs, handbags, sunglasses and phones are still being left in cars overnight and quite simply they are just too much of a temptation for thieves.
My event of the week was the brilliant day I had at the Mitcham and Morden Olympic Celebration & Community Fayre last Sunday. It was lovely to spend time with so many people who were enjoying and celebrating the games. Thank you to the organisers for such a great event and making me feel so welcome.
The forthcoming week could be a big one for Jamaica, not only do they have the two favourites to be the fastest man in the world but this week sees the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence. To mark this event Merton Council are holding a celebration on 6th August at 10.30am in front of the Civic Centre so hope to see some of you there.
I hope you all have a great weekend - fingers crossed for more medals!