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Dec 19 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – December 19, 2011

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

This week, I was on patrol with PC Michelle Britton and two young people joining us on Work Experience, Alice Warne and Emma Hughes.Alice and Emma are 6th form pupils at Nower Hill School and are considering careers in the Metropolitan Police Service.

PC Britton arranged for the young women to visit various specialist departments at Harrow Police including custody, forensics and the control room. Both Alice and Emma asked some excellent questions and then went on patrol with PC Britton and me. We attended a call where a local company discovered live antique ammunition in an old safe they were clearing. The ammunition was examined by a CO19 firearms unit and made safe . The two Nower Hill pupils were a real credit to their school and great ambassadors for Harrow.

“We will not tolerate domestic violence, nor should you.”

“I’m a 17 year old student intrigued by the amazing work done by our police officers. Trying to decide whether to go to university or join the police I really wanted to see behind the scenes of the police and gain some experience. I was so excited when I discovered that I would be given the rare opportunity to see the South Harrow Police Station in action. A day was organised for me and another student to meet several officers who explained their roles and the sections they work in and given a tour of the station. This gave me a real insight into the sheer amount and variety of work which is done, some of which I was totally unaware of. The highlight of my day was when we got to go out on patrol and see the formality of a report which I found extremely interesting! I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity, it has provided me with an invaluable experience. A day not to forget!”

– Alice

“At the start of the day, I was unsure what to expect but was still looking forward to the experience. As I have wanted to be in the police for some time, I was eager to see how the different departments within the police operate. First off, we discussed with Mr Babu, the chief superintendent, and Michelle Britton, the local schools officer and our ‘guide’ for the day, what the day would involve. We visited some of the different departments within South Harrow Police Station, including the IBO where all reports the police get are sorted; victim support and had talks with people from many of the departments. We went to an art factory to investigate a report about bullets being found. I found it interesting how the police react to each visit and how they must respond to all calls, no matter how serious. Overall, I found the day very rewarding and interesting. I realised how complex the police actually is, with a lot more going on behind the scenes than I first thought. I also enjoyed it a lot and appreciate being given the opportunity.”

– Emma

I met with the head of the Crown Prosecution Service in north London to discuss how we can ensure we successfully bring criminals to justice. We have raided over 100 homes of criminals this year and we want to send out a strong message that if you commit crime in Harrow, we will do everything we can to arrest and bring you to justice.

Sergeant Dave Farnworth has been hand delivering cards to known criminals in Harrow wishing them a Happy Christmas and ensuring they are aware that we are watching out for them over this festive period. If you have any information of people breaking into homes or handling stolen goods, please contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

I will be sad to lose PC Nick Dayton who has been a great servant to the people of Harrow. We wish him well in his new post in Camden.

Yesterday I spoke once again to the fours PCs who were all injured in the incident in Kingsbury last month. I am delighted to report that they are all making good progress and looking forward to spending Christmas with their families. They are keen to return to work at the earliest opportunity, but clearly their full recovery is of paramount importance.

They have been overwhelmed by the support from their colleagues in the MPS and the wider community, and have specifically mentioned the visits from the Commissioner, other senior officers and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. Donations for the officers have been flooding into the fund set up by A team and money collected so far has paid for each of the officers to have an iPad. These officers showed an extraordinary high level of bravery and I am humbled by their heroic actions and those of their colleagues who dealt with this incident

I have a very sweet tooth and was only too pleased to support the cake sale organised by CID officers to help raise funds for the injured officers and their team. DC Alison Birch and DC Nadia Ali organised the baking and raised over £300.

Police officers and PCSO have been out in our local tube stations and town centre giving advice on burglary prevention please take time to read this advice below on preventing you being a victim of crime.

  • Make your house look lived in and occupied.
  • Register your valuables(see related links) and make use free Smartwater solution available from your SNTs.
  • If you know someone who you suspect is involved in burglary call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.

I attended the Borough Commander ‘s performance meeting this week and I am pleased to say Harrow’s performance is good. We have reduced violence and property crime. The two areas we need to focus on reducing are burglary and robbery.

I met with some of the officers in the Community Safety Unit (CSU) that deal with domestic violence and was impressed with how they dealt with a violent man who had attempted to burn his partner.

The victim was very brave in coming forward and was supported by officers from the CSU and the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor from Harrow Council. Harrow Police will not tolerate domestic violence, nor should you. Please call the Community Safety Unit for help and advice. Always call 999 in an emergency. You make the call, we’ll make it stop.

Dal Babu

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