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Friday 13 June 2008

Today I attended a passing out parade at the Police Constable Foundation Training Centre in Hendon. This was for an occasion following police students completing a 29 week intensive training course.

With Sir Ian Blair and Mayors from other London boroughs

I was joined at the event by Councillor Imogen Walker, who is chair of Environment and community safety sub-committee. We were were attending to see the passing out of constables who will be serving across Lambeth.

At the event I met Mayors from other boroughs including Councillor John Marshall, who had not had to come far as he is Mayor of Barnet (where Hendon is situated), who made us very welcome to his borough.

Hendon passing out parade for new officers

It was a wonderful day; the parade was excellent with the students clearly proud of their achievement as were their families. Sir Ian Blair was the reviewing officer, who gave a brilliant, emotional and inspiring speech which gripped the audience.

We spoke to Sir Ian prior to the presentation ceremony about policing in Lambeth together with the challenges that officers faced policing in different parts of London. Sir Ian spoke with passion about the importance of marking the completion of the training with such an event, which he had been personally instrumental in ensuring the ceremony continued.

Sir Ian Blair gives speech

I really enjoyed meeting the new Police constables who would be coming to Lambeth. We were introduced to them by Chief Inspector Rob Harper from Streatham where some of the recruits had spent time training.

With new officers who will serve in Lambeth

The Peel centre at Hendon is the largest and most comprehensive police training school in the world.

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