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Met's volunteers and specials gearing for day of action on 16 May

News   •   May 15, 2020 13:07 BST

The Met is gearing up for a day of action tomorrow (Saturday 16 May) with hundreds of special constables and volunteers hitting the streets to support their local communities during this unprecedented time.

Over 420 special constables and 120 volunteers will be on duty across London carrying out various policing tasks, including community engagement, patrolling in parks, doing weapons sweeps and distributing crime prevention leaflets. The special constables will also be undertaking arrest and warrant enquiries.

This is possible thanks to the 1,005 volunteers who have signed up since the beginning of the pandemic and the amazing response from the Met’s special constables who have given over 100,000 hours of their time in March and April to help respond to coronavirus and keep London safe. A number of the volunteers are people furloughed from the aviation, security, construction and the hospitality industry.

Commander Catherine Roper, who will be out with the volunteers, said: “Saturday will see the biggest operation our special constables and volunteers have undertaken in order to support and reassure Londoners during this pandemic. Their work and dedication over the last few months has been simply outstanding. It’s been humbling seeing our specials signing up for extra shifts and over a thousand people joining us as volunteers to support our communities during this very tricky time.” 

Metropolitan Special Constabulary Assistant Chief Officer James Deller said: “The specials and volunteers will be out and about across London on Saturday, from Hendon to Hyde Park to Bexleyheath to Forest Gate. They will carry out weapons sweeps, patrols, leafletting and other policing duties. Their contribution to the Met, especially during the current Covid-19 challenges, is absolutely essential in keeping our communities safe.”

Volunteer Lucian Fernando, who also helps his local NHS with patient transport, will be out on Saturday in Tower Hamlets. He said: “I joined the Met as a volunteer a few months ago to help out the police during the coronavirus. I have been interested in police work and the current situation made me sign up and contribute. I do one or two volunteering shifts a week leafletting or patrolling and will join the other volunteers on Saturday in Tower Hamlets.”

The Met is currently recruiting and you can join us as a constable, a special constable or a volunteer. If you would like to do something real then join the service at www.met.police.uk/careers/