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Driven by the desire to make a difference to his community, Olutolu Okunnuga began his career in the Met in 2005 as a police community support officer (PCSO). Working on the frontline of local enforcement, he helps to safeguard the public and tackle anti-social behaviour. What inspired you to join the Met?
After I had my children, it was important for me to bring my family up in a safe place and I thought that by joining the police I could help contribute to that. Fortunately, for me, I work fairly closely to where I live so it feels like I can have a direct effect on our local community. Protecting them, as much as others, is my main priority. Can you describe what your role is like day-to-day as a police community support officer?
As a PCSO, we work alongside police officers on the frontline to protect the community and provide a visible presence on the streets. Day to day, we are involved in weapon sweeps, local enforcement and generally maintaining the peace through patrolling the neighborhood.In your role, have you had to overcome any significant barriers?
Working through the Black Lives Matter Movement has been difficult, particularly because my job is focused on protecting members of the public and at times, I have found relationships with the community have become strained. I find some are quicker to judge the police and policing matters generally – particularly with the advancement of social media, where some actions can be misrepresented online.What is the most interesting or enjoyable aspect to your current role?
For me it’s being out on patrol, meeting new people and being that visible presence on the streets, if the weather is kind then that’s a blessing too! Oh and of course payday is always a welcome bonus!Are there any key moments or experiences that particularly stand out during your time at the Met?
While I was going through a difficult personal situation, the help I received from the Met was incredible. Knowing I had the support of my colleagues and management was hugely important to me.What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is an avenue to educate people on how different we all are and yet how similar we still can be, it is a representation of everything I stand for as an individual.
Fulfilling her lifelong ambition.
The most senior black female police officer in the UK.
Staying true to herself.
Volunteer Community Ambassador for the Met.
Bringing communities together.
Safeguarding victims of crime.
Supporting officers with their physical and mental well-being.
Mentor for disadvantaged girls.
Helping to recruit the next generation of police officers.
The Met’s first post-war black officer.
The Met’s first black female police officer.
Making this city a safer place for future generations.
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