Police showed the public what they are all about at the memorable 999 community fun day.
The Mayor of Ealing Teg Bagha and MP for Ealing North Steve Pound joined about 500 other attendees at the event held in the Trailfinders Sports Club, Vallis Way, West Ealing, last Thursday (August 21).
Matt Jenkins, youth engagement co-ordinator and organiser of the event, said: “The idea was to engage with the local community, for people to see what we do as police in the local area and to show what units and equipment we have.
“We have held open days before but it’s the first time we have done it in this format, and we are hoping to make it bigger next year with support from other agencies.
“London Air Ambulance were fundraising on the day by selling bits and bobs.
“The highlight was when the helicopter landed, it was absolutely fantastic to watch and it’s not something that happens every day.”
Brentford Football Club were at the fun day with a inflatable football pitch for children and Ealing police cadets and Ealing police specials both volunteered their help.
Units present were armed response Heathrow, traffic units, the bomb disposal team, the territorial support group, the dog unit, police horses, the army, the safer transport team, the forensics desk, British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance and London Air Ambulance.
Mr Jenkins added that the event was well-supported by Ealing Council’s summer clubs and that he wanted to thank the Trailfinders sports club for the grounds and the barbeque.