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Superindentant Chris Byrne from Enfield Neibourhood Policing Team awards our Community Patrol volunteers certificates recognising their exemplary service to the Community
Love Your Doorstep Community CIC are delighted to announce that it’s Community Patrol Volunteers have been recognised by the Metropolitan Police for their exemplary service to the community of Enfield in an award ceremony at New Scotland Yard.
Superintendent Chris Byrne of Enfield’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and Rebecca Pritchard who oversees volunteering awarded certificates and thanks to the 26 Community Patrol Volunteers on behalf of the Metropolitan Police at a ceremony held at Scotland Yard on Monday 11th September 2023. The ceremony was also attended by business and community representatives including Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous, the Rt Rev Rob Wickham, former Bishop of Edmonton, Emma Loveland Headteacher of St Annes Catholic High School in Enfield, Susan Foss from the Enfield Charitable Trust, Tracey Taylor and Dee Forman from Blake & Horlock and Trish Holmes well known PCSO.
For the last four years, volunteers have been giving up their time to help keep local school children safe following a spate of robberies in the local area in 2019.
A local school reached out to Love Your Doorstep’s Founder and CEO, Emma Rigby, who quickly brought together a group of influential people and organisations to find solutions to the growing problem of attacks on young people. Love Your Doorstep set about recruiting volunteers through its Social Media platform and via schools and the first Community Patrol set out in Enfield Town in March 2019 with the support of the Metropolitan Police.
The project has become a recognisable presence in the local community which sees its volunteers in high-vis jackets out after school 5 days a week during term time. Their presence has seen results by helping to lower antisocial behaviour and youth crime by a massive 48% in the town centre.
The Patrol is a friendly, non-confrontational presence in the Town Centre and young people can come and stand with or talk to the volunteers if they are worried about anything.
The Love Your Doorestp Community Patrol is a Love Your Doorstep Community CIC project
Photo by Tia Talula Media