Police van, Greenford Road


Local police attend an incident on a very wet New Year’s Eve. While many of Greenford’s residents are preparing to celebrate the start of 2013 the emergency services remain on call to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. I think the officers in this photo may have been called out from Greenford Police Station. Our local Safer Neighourhoods teams are probably getting a well earned rest over Christmas but this image does give me an opportunity to mention them. Each one is associated with a council ward and in most cases is made up of a sergeant, two constables and three police community support officers. Our local teams are Greenford Broadway, Greenford Green and North Greenford.

The UK’s police have had a difficult year and whenever they are featured in the headlines I think of those I’ve encountered locally and the way they manage in spite of shrinking resources. They are always cheerful and helpful even though they must find some of the things they are asked to deal with a waste of their time. I wonder if they’ll ever get paid enough for being the first at the scene to clean up the mess caused by human nature. In 2012 Greenford’s police officers and support staff had to cope with a murder and a road traffic accident which involved a fatality, as well as the usual bad behaviour. They have done everything they can to calm over-exaggerated fears about safety and crime levels.

I hope that 2013 brings them more respect and support from the people of Greenford as well as greater funding from the authorities.

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3 thoughts on “Police van, Greenford Road

  1. Albertina, I’ve never met you but I just wanted to say thanks for posting all the pictures and for the interesting information. It’s been a huge effort to take all 365 pictures and I salute you. It’s been fun following the links too, the most fun was following the water main with google maps.
    Anyway, well done and Happy New year to you.

    • Thank you Paul, really glad you enjoyed it. The water main was a favourite of mine too, perhaps someone could organise a walk that follows the route. You might like looking for the lost canals mentioned on this site: http://www.londoncanals.co.uk/ It has been a challenge to get something different everyday and I’ve come very close to the midnight deadline more than once! I’ve also had to leave out a lot – another year’s worth. It would be great to organise an event for local bloggers, photographers, etc. in Greenford, along the lines of a Tweet-up (while we’ve still got some pubs left!). You can always stay in touch via Facebook or email me via the “AboutContactCopyright” page. Best wishes for 2013.

  2. carole on said:

    Hi Albertina thanks for a wonderful year in pictures, i have enjoyed the diversity and eye openers of things, places and events through your lens of Greenford . i too traced the water main i knew it was there but hadn’t traced it. I was amazed at how far it went out, past the NCRoad. i had thought my computer was playing up since a restore last week, when i noticed you were missing from my email.
    i will miss your beautiful photographs and like the idea of a meet up.
    the Bridge is a good pub for most of us?
    kind regards carole

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