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Topping out of Metropolitan Police Hendon Training facility

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Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Celebrate Topping Out of New Police Training Facility at Hendon.

On Friday, 13 March the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh, celebrated a major milestone in the ongoing work to create a world class police training facility in London, as the Peel Centre in Hendon reached the tallest point of construction.

The £70 million redevelopment is being financed by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) through the sale of under-used and outdated police buildings. The retained site will see the creation of a new world class training and operational facility, fit for 21st century policing and flexible to accommodate the changing requirements of the police service in the future.

Principal contractor Mace, a British-owned international construction and consultancy company, reached the significant construction milestone on schedule as work continues apace for delivery in 2016.

The construction programme will provide the fourth generation of facilities for the MPS, reflecting the ever-changing demands and continued modernisation of the site.

The facility, which has been used by the MPS since the 1930s will, when complete, deliver 21,500sq metre of office and training space and enable over 1,200 students to be trained at any one time, supporting the growth of the MPS.

The site will also include the relocation of the Peel statue within a new parade ground and the creation of a new Memorial Garden which will sit at the heart of the new development, and deliver significant ongoing savings, with annual running costs reduced by over 50 per cent from £11m to £5m per annum.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “I am delighted that this new training facility is taking shape and will soon be able to support the continued evolution of the Met.

“The new Hendon will provide specially designed spaces, using the latest technology, that will give us a world-class working and learning environment which delivers real savings so we can better protect front-line services.”

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said: “A growing capital city with new and emerging public safety challenges needs to invest in the future and this new training facility will be key to developing the police officers of tomorrow. The Met Police deserve a world-class training facility and today marks a key milestone in the creation of the new Peel Centre at Hendon. This ambitious redevelopment will create a modern facility at the heart of the community in Hendon, and once complete, the Peel Centre will deliver major savings that will allow the Met to invest more resources into technology to strengthen frontline policing.”

Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive of Mace, said: “Mace is very proud to have been working with the Metropolitan Police for over a decade. In that time we have delivered various projects including a refurbishment at New Scotland Yard. Our latest partnership at 109 Lambeth Road and Hendon will provide the Metropolitan Police with world-class facilities that will equip them for the changing requirements of a modern police service. I would like to congratulate the project team at Hendon on reaching this tremendous milestone, as we now look forward to building completion in 2016.”

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Heartwarming cops share chips with man who hasn’t eaten for days

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Two police officers this evening shared their chips with a man they found on the motorway who hasn’t eaten food in days.

The caring cops showed compassion and humanity when they could have just nicked the lad and sent him off to the cells.

But instead of taking him straight into police custody they stopped off for some chips.

Showing a truly caring side of British traffic cops who often don’t get the best press.

“The cops from the Leicestershire road policing unit tweeted that they had found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

“He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟”

These truly caring officers have shown this evening that police officers have hearts and they do care about people.

Policing is not always about crime, it’s the small acts of human kindness that go a long way.

We praise these officers for their genuine out of kindness out of their own pocket.

Helen tweeted “I know you’ll probably get people complain but. Compassion, humanity and care are great qualities.”

UK Cop Humour tweeted “Fab stuff and whilst we’re on the topic of spuds: why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.”

ElAine tweeted “I know some people’s heads will explode at this but well done for your compassion.”

Simply policing at it’s best. What ever your views you have to admit this is compassion and humility at it’s best.

These cops truly deserve to be recognised for great policing work.

Not every job needs to be a tick box, just because it’s a suspected illegal immigrant doesn’t mean they should be treat any different.

Top job with excellent policing skills, that will have ensured this suspect didn’t cause any problems for the officers.

Full up on chips, the officers then processes this man through custody and will refer to the home office immigration services.

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People injured after explosion at London TubeStation

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Police have evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an ‘explosion’ at the height of the rush-hour.

Homeowners and shopowners were told to stay inside after emergency services swamped Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

There are not believed to be many casualties.

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Awww Cleveland Police have just recruited these four legged friends

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Put your paws up for our two new recruits, Maggie and Skye who are the newest and youngest additions to the Force. At just 12 weeks old, the two English Springer Spaniels will soon begin their training to become Specialist Search Dogs.

Dog Trainer Constable Darren Gobie and Police Constable Chris Lambert are the lucky handlers of the pups. PC Lambert teamed up with a year 4 class at Myton Park School in Ingleby Barwick and allowed them to choose Skye’s name.

Chris and Skye will regularly visit the school over the next 18 months to allow them to follow her training process.

Speaking of the collaboration with the school, PC Lambert said: “I thought it would be a great idea to tie in with a school in the local community.

Recruiting new dogs is a huge deal and it’s an exciting and educational opportunity for the pupils to meet a police dog, choose her name collectively as a team and to better understand the training process for police dogs, and police roles in general.

The children were delighted to participate in this and I am sure they will all build a lovely bond with Skye over the coming months.”

PC Lambert, along with partner agencies will also be using the visits to the school to deliver lessons on internet safety and safety around animals.

The officers and the dogs will need to work very closely as team throughout the training process to build a special bond together.

Training is both mentally and physically challenging for both the dogs and handlers, as every programme must be passed to qualify.

Specialist dogs are used to detect a range of things with their highly developed sense of smell such as money, explosives, drugs and firearms.

They are also trained to work in public places including licenses premises to search for people in possession of narcotics.

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