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Meet the new officers who want to keep your neighbourhood safe

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Meet the new officers who want to keep your neighbourhood safe

A woman motivated by her experience of violence and a former customer services expert from a small Cheshire town are among hundreds of new police constables helping build the Met’s strongest ever neighbourhood policing.

The new officers marked the completion of months of intensive training at a 'passing out parade' reviewed by the Commissioner this month.

Each officer is now bringing their unique life experience and passion for helping people to boroughs across London.

Former customer services agent, PC Kas Meah, 32, wants to use his experience of growing up as mixed-heritage boy in Cheshire to help people in Harrow, where he is working in Greenhill Neighbourhood Police Team.

He said: “Neighbourhoods are my bread and butter. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew each other and I want to bring that community focus to the Met. I’ve spent the last eight weeks of my training in Harrow which is a very multi-ethnic area, and I’ve found being mixed race has really helped me build relationships with people there.

“I responded to a report of an aggravated incident. When I arrived the person who had called us was saying the Met is institutionally racist. It was the first time I’d experienced being put under the umbrella of racism. I listened to the gentleman, I told him I was sorry that he felt that way and explained that I’m from a Bengali background. This got us talking and we ended on good terms.

“I know that when I go back to Harrow next week I’ll be able to carry on building rapport with people there.”

PC Kaydee Munday, 22, received a 'Top Student' award at the passing out parade, for her outstanding progress. She’s now works in one of the teams responding to emergency calls in Hammersmith.

PC Munday believes personal experience of domestic violence and seeing the negative impact of gangs has given her the compassion required to be a police officer.

She said: “I grew up in Croydon, in an area that struggled with gang crime and where young people idolised siblings who were in gangs. At home I witnessed domestic abuse like too many young people do.

“These experiences help me when I’m talking to people who are going through a difficult time, whether because they’re a victim of crime or because they’ve ended up on a path they don’t want to be on and they need help to change.”

Working with PC Munday in Hammersmith is PC Charlie McKenzie-Dawes, 26, who was inspired to become a police officer by his family and previous experience working in security at venues.

He said: “I witnessed a lot of violence when I was a bouncer. When the police arrived there was always that feeling of ‘thank god, it’s going to be sorted out’. I joined the Met because I want to be the person who improves a bad situation.

“I have a sister, a girlfriend and a mum who like to go out at night and that motivates me personally to make women safer. I want all women to be treated as I would want the women close to me to be treated.”

These enthusiastic new police officers are just some of the 381 recruits who marched before proud family and friends at a passing out parade on Friday, 20 January.

Passing out parades conclude seven-and-a-half months of training which has a strong community focus, to ensure that new police officers start their career with a sound knowledge of local policing and the communities they will work with every day.

The training includes a 'familiarisation week' early on in the process, during which recruits meet a wide range of community members from the boroughs they will work in.

They also learn from 'community trainers'– a diverse mix of Londoners who share their lived experiences to help ensure new recruits view policing from a community perspective.

Before passing out, the new recruits spend eight weeks on street duties, working alongside experienced officers in the boroughs they will be based in.

The new officers will play a crucial role in the Commissioner’s plans for the Met’s strongest neighbourhood policing ever, working closely with the public to tackle local policing priorities.

Of this new recruits who passed out this month, 147 are starting their career as police constables and 234 are investigating local crime as detective constables.

They are joining more than 22,600 police officers in frontline policing roles and will work alongside more than 670 PCSOs and 1,500 Special Constables based in frontline policing.

+ The Met is currently recruiting. If you want to help keep London’s neighbourhoods safe by being a police officer, see our website for more information.