Commissioner Cressida Dick says the Met is continuing to work alongside the public to help keep everyone safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on LBC’s Nick Ferrari show yesterday, the Commissioner said:
“My approach in this service is one of entirely trying to encourage people, to engage with people and to have conversations.
“We are adopting a very collaborative approach with the public but I would also ask all citizens, where they feel it safe and appropriate, to encourage members of their family and people they know to learn about the restrictions and to comply with them.
“The police are here to protect everyone. We have a part to play in encouraging people to comply with the new restrictions, which are obviously incredibly important for stopping the spread of the virus, or reducing the rate of the spread of the virus.
“Remember, the police are here for you and we will do everything we can to keep you safe, to keep order on the streets, to ensure that you do not become a victim of crime. We are on your side.”
The Commissioner also explained that her call to retired officers to consider re-joining has already seen a positive response, with over 250 people coming forward in recent days.
She said: “I hope we’ll get more and I’m looking forward to welcoming them back to assist us in what will no doubt be a very challenging time for all of us.
“These are very skilled people, they joined the job to help, they retired with a wealth of knowledge and we will try to put them back in the areas where they will be able to contribute most.”
She added that the Met remains in a good position to respond to the challenges posed in the current climate.
“At the moment we have a very, very resilient service. I’m proud of what the guys and girls are doing, they’re getting on with it and we’re able to do all the work we need to do,” she said.
“We are utterly determined to continue throughout the next weeks and months to provide an excellent service to London. We are here. We will continue to deal with violent crime and all the other things that concern Londoners, and we will do our best to keep our public safe.”