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Westminster police will be celebrating the arrival of 2015 - the Year of the Sheep - in Chinese New Year celebrations which are the largest celebrations outside of Asia. Officers, the Chinese community and hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the West End to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).

Chinese New Year festivities in central London will take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue over the next several days.

Along with plenty of activities and celebrations to get involved in, officers will also be giving out crime prevention leaflets.

Trafalgar Square will host a lively parade and main stage on Sunday, 22 February from 10:00hrs until 18:00hrs. The parade will start from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue with floats, a Chinese lion, dragon teams and more. There will also be performances from local artists and traditional craft and food stalls can be found in various locations around the West End.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as an organisation is constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of a vibrant mix of nationalities, faiths and cultures and its dedication means that it is globally recognised as a leading authority on modern policing.

With over 50,000 people, the MPS is also one of London’s biggest employers. Many of these work as frontline police officers, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of policing one of the world’s largest cities. Few careers offer the chance to improve the lives of millions of people.

PC Derek Hussain is one of the thousands of officers currently working across the capital. He feels his background has played a big part in his success in his role.

PC Hussain, said: “My family is from Hong Kong, and one of my skills is that I am able to speak fluent Cantonese. This enables me to provide a more effective and positive experience to the Chinese community who require police assistance.”

PC Hussain is also Chairperson of the Met’s Chinese and South East Asian Staff Association (CASEASA), which acts as a valuable resource and source of support within the organisation.

PC Hussain, said: “The association was formed in January 2004, having been encouraged by the success of other staff support associations within the Met.

“Membership of our Staff Support Association has now grown to over 100 members, and we speak over 20 languages. We provide benefits to both the Met and our staff, and also assist associate members and non-members who approach us for advice. The CASEASA works to promote the interests of staff in the Met by advising on a range of issues such as customs, culture and values, progression, diversity, retention, fairness, career guidance, mentoring and training in conjunction with police projects, policies and strategies.”

Regular police officers and special constables (volunteer police officers) come from all walks of life and are motivated by the desire to contribute positively to their communities.

Together, they help the MPS forge crucial links with an eight million-strong population, right across London.

Police constables could be helping victims or policing events one day, and conducting enquiries or responding to emergency calls the next. In short, they must be ready for anything.

In today’s London, that includes building and strengthening relationships with local people. By understanding the needs of different communities, the MPS has the power to police the capital more effectively and to protect the people that live there. The MPS therefore wants to build a workforce that is representative of those who live and work in London.

If you think you have what it takes and would like to know more about joining the MPS, please visit our careers website where you can register online at www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/newconstable

Being a full-time officer isn’t for everyone. But you can still make a big contribution to London by volunteering for the Met as a special constable. To find out more, visit www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/specials