I’ve just been into the council’s Community Safety division to thank some of the staff for their response to Monday’s disruption.
It’s all too easy to overlook those that often work unseen, or who you might just think it’s their job. However, I felt it worthwhile publicly noting their work over the past few days which have been anything but their normal job.
They have, for example, been volunteering to take shifts in our CCTV control room so it can work round the clock (it normally closes after peak hours).
They have become the council’s central point of contact for anyone who wants to volunteer (and if you want to add your name to the list you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
They’ve been hard at work collating and distributing information from many sources to whoever needs it, the council’s civil disorder web pages and the Safer Wandsworth Twitter feed and Facebook page.
There’s even one person in there who has returned from holiday to help out!
I was responsible for Community Safety for five years, and was always proud of what the Wandsworth team did. The past week hasn’t surprised me, because I knew they would rise to the occasion. But hearing about how they all pulled together and went above and beyond their usual duties touched me. Wandsworth is incredibly lucky to have such dedicated staff, and I had to offer them a small bit of publicity they so richly deserve.