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Over 600 people visited Camden Police’s free Community Safety Market last week to raise crime prevention awareness and safety in Camden’s communities.

Cadets from Camden Police’s Voluntary Police Cadets had their faces painted in a variety of animals as they worked alongside the dogs unit, mounted branch and members of the public on Sunday 20 July at Hampstead Heath.

The children, parents and the cadets also participated in an "orienteering exercise" where they had to travel across different display stands on the Cricket Pitch, Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath NW5.

They had to answer safety advice questions by officers from Camden Police, London Fire Brigade, the Met Police Dogs Unit and Mounted Branch, (horses), as well as London Ambulance Service, CID and the Safer Transport Command. They were awarded a sticker for all correct answers.

PC Fraser Kennedy, who organised the event said: “The police horses and dogs, along with the fire engines were a great highlight for the kids. It was such a fun day for everyone involved and at the same time the benefits of safety and crime prevention were highlighted.”

The MPS Safer Transport Command property-marked over 40 cycles, and free bike locks and alarms were provided to those who participated.

Almost 50 mobile phones were registered on the database, which assists police identify the owners of lost and stolen property.

In addition, over 250 people were shown life support skills by London Ambulance Service and PC Lee and PCSO Steve costumes entertained the younger children.

Chief Inspector Dionne Mitchell added: “It was an interesting, fun and informative day for all those who live, work and visit Camden thanks to all our partners who willingly participated to make the day such a success. We will be arranging another day soon."

TCPW Comment: I’m so pleased to see that my old force is able to run these important events (I worked in Camden for 7 years) and it seems like the weather was on their side too!  These sorts of initiatives are a great opportunity for the young volunteers to help out and for the police officers and the PCSOs to have a chat and exchange views with local residents in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  And you can always count on the other emergency services to help out and make the day even more fun and interesting – nice one!

Source: Metropolitan Police Camden 

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