Bexley Borough Commander's New Year message
PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 December 2011
My officers in Bexley faced a very testing year in 2011.
The main event in London was obviously the summer disorder.
I am very proud of the actions my officers and staff took to prevent any such disorder happening in Bexley and the long days and nights of duties undertaken to support the rest of London while making sure we could respond properly to the needs of our local community.
It should not be forgotten that although the media may have concentrated on young people involved in the disorder, many of our own young people, particularly those who volunteer through the Police Cadets and Special Constabulary, spent countless hours of their own time helping the community not just in August but throughout the year.
My thoughts over the Christmas and New Year period will be very much with the families of people in Bexley who have lost loved ones to violent acts.
While the fact that arrests have been made in all cases will be of some comfort to families and friends concerned, this time of year will obviously be particularly difficult.
Overall crime, particularly burglary, has continued to fall in Bexley faster than in any other London borough and all my officers and staff are truly grateful for the support we get from the people of Bexley to allow that to happen.
It will be no surprise that Christmas and New Year is a very busy time for us and officers will be working in large numbers around the clock to make sure crime remains low over this time of year.
Next year will bring its own challenges of course, with our plans already well advanced to make sure that we continue to provide a high-quality service during the Olympics.
Other items high on my list of New Year’s resolutions are to continue targeting those who seek to make a living from putting lives at risk through stealing power cables and anyone who thinks they can get away with breaking into houses.
I wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and my very best wishes for 2012.
Ch Supt Dave Stringer
Bexley Borough Commander