Thousands of visitors are expected when Sutton Police Station opens its door to the public on Sunday, 18 September at 11am.
The Open Day is a great opportunity for local residents and their families to take a glimpse behind the scenes at their local police station and to talk to officers about how they are working to keep Sutton one of the safest boroughs in London.
It has been timed to coincide with London’s ‘Open House’ celebrations that weekend to mark the capital’s buildings, places and local neighbourhoods.
It will be the first opportunity that residents have had to visit Sutton’s new control room – the result of significant investment by Sutton Council – with its large bank of monitors which display highly quality images from the network of cameras around the borough. The CCTV system is staffed 24/7 and is used to deter and detect crime. It is used every day by officers to download images as part of gathering evidence for Court.
The Open Day will include the ever popular tours of Sutton’s 30-cell custody suite and charging counter where prisoners are brought when they have been arrested. Other top attractions being repeated this year are police dog demonstrations and Mounted Branch with their horses. Public order displays, police games for youngsters and a murder scene presented by the Met’s Serious Crime Directorate are also expected to be popular.
There will be a history focus too with police uniforms from yesteryear and police vehicles on display from the Met’s historic fleet as well as the latest traffic cars and bikes.
There will be lots of crime prevention and other information available from a wide variety of stalls including Sutton’s licensing team, Sutton Street Pastors and Sutton Neighbourhood Watch. You can also find out how to become a police volunteer or special constable or join the police volunteer cadets.
The Safer Sutton Partnership Service, which manages the borough community safety services based at the police station, will also be on hand with information about how we are supporting victims of domestic violence and hate crime – including an update on the Met Police Sutton groundbreaking initiative to support people with disabilities.
Safer Neighbourhoods Inspector Kathy Morteo, who is organising the Open Day, said there will be something for everyone: “Come and meet us, chat to us, have some fun and learn how we’re working to keep Sutton safe.”
Some attractions will be subject to operational availability on the day.
The Open Day on 18 September is free admission and is open from 11am-4pm (last entry is 3:30pm). The last Open Day at the police station was in September 2014 and attracted 5,000 visitors beating the previous best Open Day visitor number of 4,500 in June 2013.