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UPDATE: Met's volunteers and specials - day of action

News   •   May 19, 2020 07:00 BST

Five knives, a firearm and a quantity of drugs have been removed from the streets of London during a day of action between the Met’s special constables and volunteers. 

On Saturday, 16 May, more than 420 special constables from a number of specialist teams took to the streets, roads and parks to support and police communities across London. They were supported by more than 150 volunteers who have signed up since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Twelve arrests were made throughout the day, which also included 61 weapons sweeps and 341 groups dispersed as lockdown rules were explained and people encouraged to return home.

In Neasden, joint working by Stonebridge and Kensal Green Safer Neighbourhoods teams whilst out with the volunteers led to a 30-year-old man being arrested and two weapons seized.

The officers were on patrol when they saw a man walking along the street with a large metal bar in his hand and appearing to act aggressively.

As police approached him, he dropped the pole and was detained.

Following a search, a kitchen knife was recovered and he was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. On Monday, 18 May at Willesden Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a point/blade and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. 

Commander Catherine Roper, who joined the weapons sweeps in Edgware on Saturday, said: “The day of action with the special constables and volunteers had a real impact and produced some great results in making London safer. It was fantastic seeing their contribution in supporting their communities during this challenging time. 

“I’m very grateful to the special constables and the 1,000s of people who support the Met as volunteers to help us respond to the coronavirus and continue to keep London safe.” 

The next day of action with the special constables and volunteers is scheduled for Saturday, 13 June. If you would like to volunteer with the Met or become a special constable, you can join us via our website