Students at Havering Sixth Form had the opportunity to talk to police officers, try out equipment and get up close to working police dogs and horses during a special visit.
The ‘visibility display’ by the Met Police was held at the New City College campus in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, and highlighted the crucial role the police play in ensuring community safety.
Among the guest animals was Verdun, a white horse who last month had the honour of being part of the front row of the Coronation Procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace for King Charles III.
Staff and students admired Verdun and the other two horses who were calm and behaved impeccably during all the attention.
Students on the Uniformed Public Services course watched demonstrations with the police dogs and motorcycles and were able to try out equipment and tactical gear such as batons, shields, holsters and helmets. They were also given a valuable insight about the diverse range of career paths within the Met.