Boris Johnson will tonight hold a reception to honour emergency service workers for their “bravery, dedication and hard work” during August’s riots.
The Mayor will be joined at City Hall by the heads of London’s blue light services – Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, Ron Dobson, Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson and London Ambulance Chief Executive Peter Bradley.
Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy and Metropolitan Police Authority Kit Malthouse will also be in attendance.
Mayor Johnson said he wanted to “praise and personally thank the police, fire and ambulance services and Transport for London staff for their outstanding bravery, leadership and dedication during the extremely dangerous events of August.”
The riots saw unprecedented levels of demand on London’s blue light services. At one point the Met deployed 16,000 officers to restore calm to the streets while the Fire Brigade received more than two and a half times its normal level of calls.
Last week Brian Coleman, Chair of the capital’s Fire Authority, revealed that control room staff worked beyond their normal hours to ensure calls from the public were answered.