Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has urged Sheffield to be less reticent about telling the world of its skills and successes.
Speaking at the Cutlers’ Feast, the Sheffield-born commissioner told guests, including leading figures from the City of London: “We are quite understated here in Sheffield and perhaps we should shout more about our great successes.”
Sir Bernard praised Sheffield Junior Chamber of Commerce and South Yorkshire Police for the contribution both organisations made to his personal success.
“Sheffield Junior Chamber of Commerce was a great learning organisation,” said Sir Bernard, adding: “South Yorkshire Police gave me a start, paid for me and supported me going through two universities and put me in a great place to progress in the future.”
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner revealed that he had introduced an old Sheffield Junior Chamber tradition to London.
In years gone by, in the run up to Christmas, the Junior Chamber had placed requests to Father Christmas from children from poorer households on a Christmas tree in Sheffield city centre.
Passers-by had taken the notes, bought an appropriate presents and then donated them anonymously to the Chamber, so that it could pass them on to the children.
Last Christmas, Sir Bernard launched a similar initiative outside the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters in London and played Santa Claus to the capital’s poorer children with the help of generous passers-by.