Lewisham Police Station Open Day, May 8th

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Lewisham Police Station will open to the public from 10am tomorrow. The website says:

The open day will be a family event encouraging visitors to take a look behind the scenes of the largest police station in Europe.

The event will be opened at 10:00 am by the Borough Commander for Lewisham Borough Police, Chief Superintendent Jeremy Burton.

Visitors will be able to cast their eyes over vintage police vehicles and original police artefacts that include old-fashioned handcuffs and historic police uniforms from the 1800s.

In keeping with modern policing, there will be a number of stalls with scenes of crime officers explaining the role they perform at critical incidents, visitors will get the chance to have their fingerprints taken which will not be kept on file but placed on a badge as a souvenir for them to take home.

They will also be able to try on riot gear, stroke police horses and speak directly with local officers and officers from specialist units that include the Territorial Support Group (who assist the borough in tackling street crime and large scale public order incidents) and Counter Terrorism Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.

With thanks to Bob.

22 comments:

Brockley Dogging Society said...

This is very welcome news.

What many of you won't know is that there are several Lewisham police officers of varying stature in the BDS.

In fact, it is said that Robert Peel only went on to found the police force after codifying the original rules of dogging. Some older members still go by the regulations set down by Peel (known as the Dogging Brown Book) and it is from this book that we get the phrase 'First Past the Post'.

So please take the local officers up (on their visit). Shake some hands, say hello and get some names if you can - then when you're next up on Hilly Fields you might just catch a glimpse of the Secret Policemans Balls.

Headhunter said...

This spot has warm memories for me. Before the construction of the police station, I had my mobile phone snatched from my hand at the bus stop there, ooh back in 2001... the police were very helpful though....

John said...

Do they really keep records of the size of every Police station in Europe?

Anonymous said...

Even guessing its got to be close to the biggest.

Brockley Anarchist. said...

They have the longest flight of staid in south London. I should know, I "fallen" down them enough times.

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Anonymous said...

Anyone remember Chiesmans?

Fingers said...

I spent the night at that police station, courtesy of an ex-soldier turned cop who arrested me for thumping my noisy neighbour. After the cuffs, fingerprints and DNA thing they were really rather nice. Once they discovered I was the aggrieved party that is. Food sucked. Charges dropped. Not sure if I want a revisit, though my kid does want to see where I was 'in prison'.

Nice... said...

Yes Anon @15:39, that's what the police officer said to the chap he pushed over near Bank. He died I seem to remember.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, he was goading the cops too. And was ill. More personal responsibility was needed that day.

Ian said...

The police should be professional enough not to allow themselves to be goaded into committing assault.

Sigh! Stoopid said...

The jury didn't agree. Justice is like that, that's why I like livinging in this country then say, Syria?

Anonymous said...

If the planners of the central police station had taken greater care in the design of the site, they could have used the waters of the River Quaggy to form a moat around the police fortress.

Is the place one of those PFI monstrosities where it "saves" money by lumping all of the local police on one site?

Anonymous said...

No way!! This is just a underhanded way of the police collecting fingerprints!! They will not destroy them. It's a lie!

Coney said...

This is all very well, having a family geared 'open'day where you can you have your "fingerprints taken" as a souvenir, stroke a horse and get decked out in riot gear all very nice for kids. What I'm more concerned is the erosion of civil liberties by the police by arresting people for non violent and non criminal things they might do. I would like some openness about the decision making and police strategy touch-feely so called open days.

Coney said...

Meant to add "rather than or maybe in addition to touchy feely so called open days."

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Anonymous said...

Have you seen peaceful protests abroad ? police just open fire with real guns over there,wonder if there would be so much police goading by the protesters if that happened over here.

Anonymous said...

Which is why it riles me when people like Coney and Brockley Anarchist seem to suggest that we live in similarly totalitarian states. Some people just want to complain or be seen to 'smash the system'... it doesn't half get tiresome.

Scott said...

Thanks for the information - I went along with my partner, and, though we had some misgivings at some of the elements of it (ooh, look, a riot shield just like the one used in recent protests...), found it to be very interesting.

Seeing inside the stables, and hearing about how they train and treat the horses (and retire them) was also interesting, and from a fun afternoon out perspective, probably the best bit.

Spent much longer than I intended to there, mainly due to the variety of community groups with stalls there, some of which I'd not heard of before, and all of which probably could do with a bit more support and publicity.

LadyGaGa said...

We went too (with the northern GaGas) and thought it was very well done, so congratulations are due to the police for making the effort to literally "open their doors".

Coney said...

You get "riled up" because someone thinks about things differently than you? Have fun on the internet!

Btw in the UK we don't look to the likes of Syria to benchmark our civil liberties. We refer to the law; the European Convention on Human Rights; which lays out various Articles that include; the right to peaceful assembly, the right to freedom of expression, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

These laws are part of what makes our country the wonderful place it is, for all of us. So that means if you want to go and organise a demonstration for Fox hunting or for Osama Bin Laden you can that is your right.

If these laws are breached by law enforcement agencies then they'd better be a damned good reason for it.

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