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Hello I am a TV Producer ( don't shoot!) my other half is a PC so I am firmly on the side of the Police. I appreciate people do not like the press. In case anyone does wish to help, I am making a podcast documentary about the case of Carol Myers https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/dec/11/carole-myers-satanic-child-abuse . She sadly died in 2005 in Wandsworth. I am trying to track down the responding officer PC Hudson ( I imagine no longer a PC but promoted) Inspector Ron Rogers ( now retired I believe) and Nicky McAllister the Crime Scene Photographer. If anyone can help I would be most grateful and thank you for all your hard work, I know its a tough world out there! Kindest Naomi
Wandsworth Parks and Events Police have a new van: http://www.ukemergency.co.uk/lf16-npo-wandsworth-parks-and-events-police-ford-transit-custom/ I don't think that I can post the pics, as they are copyrighted. Looks quiet smart and almost indistinguisable to a member of the public to any other police vehicle that they might see driving around London. It could easily be mistaken for a BTP vehicle if you looked in your rear mirror. Interesting to see that they are now being brave enough just to write 'police' on the vehicle. Other vehicles have historically preceded the word 'police' with 'parks'.
Just done some reading and I thought that I would share some of that :-) The Wandsworth Events Police Support Service is the name given to the body of constables employed by Wandsworth Council and attested under parks constabulary legislation. Whilst it was widely publicised that the Wandsworth Parks Constabulary were disbanded in 2012, that is technically not the case. Five officers, including an 'Inspector', were retained and what was left of the constabulary was simply renamed. The Events Police are responsible for a variety of duties, including policing events that happen in Battersea Park. Such events contribute to the the revenue that the constabulary generates. In addition, the constabulary seems to perform an 'intelligent client function' in terms of being involved in the tasking and oversight of the Metropolitan Police Safer Parks Team, whom are funded through arrangements made under Section 92 of the Police Act 1996; essentially a Boris BOGOF offer (you buy an Officer and the Mayor gives you one free). The S.92 MET Officers still drive marked Parks Police vehicles and are responsible for policing the parks in Wandsworth. Within the borough, approximately 1/3 of the space is covered by council owned parks and open spaces, which means that there needs to be specific arrangements for their policing. Whilst such S.92 MET Officers are not under the direction and control of Wandsworth Council, the Council set their taskings and the Events Police have a role in that. What is also perhaps unique is that the Events Police have been sworn in as Parks Constables for the Royal Borough of Kingston and they can be 'spot purchased' for Â£36 per hour with 24 hours notice. The main driver for this is that Kingston has no resource to call upon if travellers set up camp in their parks. During a previous incident, the MET refused to give travellers a direction to leave and private security lacked the skills and experience to deal with the incident. When not engaged in the policing of events or the associated plannning related to that, the Events Police would continue to patrol parks and open spaces within the borough. So, whilst the Wandsworth Parks Police no longer exist in name, a very small constabulary of 5 Officers does still exist. If Boris does ever withdraw his BOGOF offer, I can imagine that that their constabulary would again grow in size. Links to copyrighted images: ' alt='' class='ipsImage' > ' alt='' class='ipsImage' > Link to Royal Borough of Kingston's 'options paper' on purchasing parks policing services: http://moderngov.kingston.gov.uk/documents/s52856/Cx6thdraftWandsworthPoliceMCE.pdf Link to Wandsworth Council paper on purchasing MET Police services for parks under S.92 Police Act: http://ww3.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=13624