Mar 27 2012

Borough Commander’s Blog – March 26, 2012

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

I met with PCs Chris Allcock and Ashley Shanahan this week to thank them for their good work in securing a four year prison sentence against a man for robbery.  Ryan Foster of SW 11 was found guilty of robbing a 54 year old Asian woman of her gold chain, a watch and her rings in Cotman Gardens Edgware in May 2011. With the high price of gold we have seen an increase in snatches of gold chains.

Please remember to :

  • Keep your jewellery covered when you are in public places.
  • Wear your bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you.
  • If somebody does try to snatch your bag or jewellery, let it go, you are less likely to get hurt.

In another success story this week, officers arrested a man on suspicion of going equipped for theft from motor vehicle and motor vehicle interference in Station Road, North Harrow, after receiving a call from an observant Neighbourhood Champion.  In a separate incident police were called in the early hours of Thursday 22 March by a member of the public who had spotted a man trying to break into his car in Ennerdale Avenue, Stanmore.  A 34 year old man was arrested shortly afterwards in Uppingham Avenue, Stanmore.  These cases highlight the importance of communities coming together, looking out for each other and working together with the police.

“With the high price of gold we have seen an increase in snatches of gold chains.”

Some of Harrow’s most experienced officers and ‘thief takers’ PCs Bragg, McGovern and Khan have been passing on their skills to our Special Constables this week. The officers, with the help of Special Inspector Siobhan Swinchatt, will deliver the briefing to all 150 Special Officers over the next few weeks.

I welcomed Sergeant Mark Pullen to Queensbury Safer Neighbourhoods team this week. Mark will be taking over from Sergeant Lorraine Warren who will be moving to one of the Response teams. Mark was formerly a SNT sergeant in Acton and will be familiarising himself with his new ward and making himself known in the community over the next few weeks.

As you know, I am a great believer in championing our young people.  We now have three police cadet units meeting at Salvatorian College on Wednesdays, John Lyon School on Thursdays and Harrow High School on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9.30 pm.  Over 100 police cadets are now enrolled on the borough and they will be working hard on the Queen’s visit to the borough on Tuesday 29 March.  The cadets have also been busy recently, helping to collect much needed clothing and toys for the children of the Kabul Orphanage in Afghanistan in response to an appeal made by the Royal Military Police.

This week I met with the team of cleaners who help to keep Harrow Police Station running efficiently. Alfonso Londono and his team start very early each day and provide an excellent service which I know is much appreciated by all members of staff.

My marathon training continues – I am now completing two 7 mile runs and an 18 mile run each week.

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