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Christmas Campaign 2016

Three days to go - How is our Christmas campaign going?

With just a few more days to go until Christmas, our officers have been busy patrolling the Square Mile as part of this year’s City of London Police Christmas campaign - with great results.

The campaign has focused mainly on increasing the visibility of officers across the City, and has involved combined patrols with the London Ambulance Service (LAS), and working alongside the British Transport Police at major transport stations within the Square Mile, including Bank and Liverpool Street.

Our cycle officers have been joined by paramedics from the LAS and thanks to this innovative partnership, between Thursday 8 December and midnight on Saturday 10 December, 19 of the 22 ambulances called by police were able to be cancelled and patients with minor injuries transported instead via cab. This significantly reduced the impact on resources during peak periods.

Since the start of the campaign on 24 November a total of 47 of 53 ambulances called have been cancelled. Patients with minor injuries were able to be treated right away by paramedics or conveyed to hospital via other means. Thanks to this approach, resources from the London Ambulance Service and City of London Police have been freed up and therefore better allocated.

For the first time ever we have also invited members of the public to brave the winter weather and join our patrols to experience first- hand what patrolling the Square Mile is like over the festive period.

A member of the public who works in the City and volunteered to take part in a night duty patrol with Uniform-7, said of his experience: “Uniform-7 made me feel very welcome and part of their team. Their cohesiveness, sense of humour and professionalism was inspiring as they tackled a huge variety of incidents throughout the night ranging from the most bizarre to the most serious."

Acting Superintendent Bill Duffy of the City of London Police said:

“All the teams have been working really hard to make it a safe festive season. Officers have dealt with a number of alcohol related disturbances, sexual and drink/drug drive offences, and maintained a high visibility presence on the streets. Officers have also stepped up bridge patrols looking for vulnerable persons during this time of year.

“Having members of the public out on patrol with officers throughout the campaign has been a great way for us to demonstrate some of the challenges police officers face. It has been an opportunity for members of public to examine and feedback on how we prepare and deploy for the increased demand over the festive period. This is about increasing public confidence and demonstrating the service we are proud to deliver”

If you can’t get out to join us on patrol you can always follow along on Twitter. Our officers will be sharing live updates via our @CityPolice Twitter feed using #ChristmasPresence