Local police attend an incident on a very wet New Year’s Eve. While many of Greenford’s residents are preparing to celebrate the start of 2013 the emergency services remain on call to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. I think the officers in this photo may have been called out from Greenford Police Station. Our local Safer Neighourhoods teams are probably getting a well earned rest over Christmas but this image does give me an opportunity to mention them. Each one is associated with a council ward and in most cases is made up of a sergeant, two constables and three police community support officers. Our local teams are Greenford Broadway, Greenford Green and North Greenford.
The UK’s police have had a difficult year and whenever they are featured in the headlines I think of those I’ve encountered locally and the way they manage in spite of shrinking resources. They are always cheerful and helpful even though they must find some of the things they are asked to deal with a waste of their time. I wonder if they’ll ever get paid enough for being the first at the scene to clean up the mess caused by human nature. In 2012 Greenford’s police officers and support staff had to cope with a murder and a road traffic accident which involved a fatality, as well as the usual bad behaviour. They have done everything they can to calm over-exaggerated fears about safety and crime levels.
I hope that 2013 brings them more respect and support from the people of Greenford as well as greater funding from the authorities.
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