December 10 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Friday, September 27, 2013
Record numbers of people turned out for Hornchurch Police Station’s open day on Sunday.
Over 1,200 residents joined in with the fun, which included demonstrations on tasers and self-defence.
The most popular attraction was the tour of cells, with waiting times sometimes 40 minutes.
Police dogs and the volunteer police cadets also took part in the day and activities for the kids including playing with the lights on squad cars and pretending to drive them.
The event was launched by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mark Bryant, who served at the station in the 1970s.
He said: “I was really pleased to have been invited to open this day. It certainly allowed me to remember my time at Hornchurch and the fantastic career I enjoyed in the Met.”
Ch Insp David Hay said: “Officers enjoyed this opportunity to engage with members of the community.
“A lot of hard work and commitment went into making the day the success that it was and I would especially like to mention the efforts of the volunteer police cadets who are continually a credit to the borough.
“I spoke to a number of visitors and, without exception, all told me how much they had enjoyed the experience.”
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