Waltham Forest police have been praised for work that recorded a 31 per cent reduction in overall crime last year.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe paid a visit to William Morris Gallery in Forest Road, Walthamstow on Monday (September 9), to receive an award on behalf of the borough’s officers.

Sir Bernard praised Waltham Forest’s gangs programme, the newly-launched One Stop Shop for domestic violence victims and the Prevent agenda, which is designed to combat radicalisation and extremism.

He said: “There’s been a huge amount achieved; 30 per cent less burglary, halving in theft of motor vehicles, a strong detection rate for domestic violence – the second highest in London, which is a fantastic achievement.”

Council Leader Chris Robbins said the award was a way to say thank you to the police for their hard work over the years.

“We’ve got a police force in Waltham Forest that’s absolutely top class,” he said.

“Every year I’ve been leader I’ve seen the relationship between the police, council and residents getting better.

"Satisfaction with police in Waltham Forest is the third highest in London and that’s a major achievement and something officers should be commended for.

“And, the borough recorded a 31 per cent reduction in overall crime last year – the biggest fall in London, which is absolutely exceptional.”

The plaque reads: “In recognition of continued outstanding partnership working. Awarded on behalf of the residents of the borough for reducing crime and reducing the fear of crime.”

It will be placed at a location of the local police's choice in the coming days.