Hundreds volunteer to support the Met’s response to coronavirus
This weekend volunteers supporting the Metropolitan Police’s response to coronavirus were out with officers on reassurance patrols and delivering crime prevention booklets.
In addition to the hundreds of former officers rejoining the Met, 729 people have volunteered to support the police during these unprecedented times.
On Friday (17 April) 29 volunteers delivered 3,000 crime prevention booklets to tackle online fraud and scams in Eltham. The Met’s ‘Little Book of Phone Scams’ is produced by the Met’s Cyber Crime and Fraud Unit to help protect those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to criminals using coronavirus to their advantage.
On Saturday (18 April) 27 volunteers were in Bow and Bethnal Green with local officers supporting reassurance patrols, distributing leaflets and putting up posters.
Commander Catherine Roper said: “We’re grateful to the hundreds of people who have signed up to volunteer with the Met to help Londoners through this really tricky period. People are giving up their time to provide crime prevention advice and support their local communities. It’s a challenging time to our communities and the volunteers are doing an essential job to keep Londoners safe.”
Volunteer Sophie Kydoniefs, who was leafletting in Eltham, said: “We’ve been distributing leaflets to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. Unfortunately phone scams are on the rise, so it’s really important to reach out to these people. I decided to volunteer with the Met as we’re in the middle of a pandemic and I think it’s really important to be part of my community and to give back in this very difficult time.”
If you’re looking for a new challenge that’ll provide a real sense of achievement or want to put your talents and experience to use as a volunteer, visit our website https://www.met.police.uk/car/
Whether it be supporting officers in Neighbourhood Policing Teams, ensuring high standards of witness care or providing enhanced levels of customer service and helping the public at police stations, there are many ways to be there for London as a volunteer.