Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens has officially opened a brand new base for police beat officers, police community support officers and community wardens at Guyâ€™s Hospital. It is the first facility of its kind in a London hospital.
Sir John Stevens
â€œWe are happy to be part of this initiative and responding to the particular needs of this community. It offers a wide network of services from all those working to make Southwark safer – supporting staff at the hospital and nearby businesses, reducing crime and providing reassurance to the whole community.â€
Plaque unveiled by Sir John and Patricia Moberly
It provides a focal point for all the agencies involved to help make the hospital and its surrounding area a safer place for patients, staff and visitors to Guy's, students from King's College London and everyone who lives and works locally.
The PCWO, a former hairdresser's, will be an administrative base for two Home Beat police officers, two police community support officers and five community wardens. The police intend running weekly drop-in advice surgeries at the office which will be publicised in advance.
Borough Commander Ian Thomas with Sir John Stevens and Patricia Moberly
â€œWe are all contributing to the effort to make the hospital environment safer for patients, staff, visitors and local people. I am confident that this office will be successful and I hope that other NHS sites will benefit from similar imaginative schemes.â€
Professor Barry Ife, Acting-Principal of King's College London, added: â€œSecurity for our staff and students is of paramount importance and this initiative can only help to ensure a secure working environment.â€
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