As part of the Metropolitan Police’s #walkthemet campaign, I recently joined PCSO Steven Higgins on the beat in Worcester Park.

MPs and London Assembly Members from all over London have been asked to go out with a local police officer on the beat. It was a good opportunity to get a better understanding of the work done by local police teams in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. I also had the chance to speak to a number of residents and hear their views on policing and other matters.

Following on from my question to the Home Office Minister about the unusual, but no less worrying, number of attacks involving knives in Sutton recently, and my speech on police safety during a debate in parliament, this opportunity enabled me to discuss these matters further and see what our officers are dealing with on a day-to-day basis.

I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work done by all police officers in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park, and across the whole of London, and thank them for their dedicated public service.