Nov 28 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – November 28, 2011

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

The bravery of Harrow officers was exemplified by those officers from A team who dealt with the incident in Kingsbury. We have been inundated this week with letters of appreciation from members of the public thanking those officers who bravely put the safety of the public above their own. I am pleased to report that the four officers injured in the incident are progressing well. PC Harding, PC Hinchcliffe, PC Barker and PC Robb have now been discharged from hospital and are being cared for at home by their families.

I launched the Harrow Pub Watch this week where I met with licensees from across Harrow. I emphasised the need for the police, licensees and communities to work together to ensure we have licensed premises that are safe places for people to visit. As well as focusing on what goes on inside, I reiterated to the licensees that they must also consider the behaviour of their customers after they leave the premises

“I am pleased to report that the four officers injured in the incident are progressing well.”

I was honoured to chair the White Ribbon Day, which is the campaign to end violence against women and was impressed with the commitment on our borough to eradicate domestic violence. Harrow Police’s Vision Statement includes ” Zero Tolerance of Domestic Violence.” Women should feel confident when reporting domestic violence that police and our partners are committed in bringing offenders to justice. Detective Inspector James McEvoy, Head of Intelligence Sunil Galoria and Detective Sergeant Brett Key met with some amazing women who will be crucial in helping Harrow Police achieve ” Zero Tolerance of Domestic Violence. ”

Safer Neighbourhoods teams from all over the borough took part in Operation Hawk last Thursday. Operation Hawk is a renewed emphasis on Safer Neighbourhoods teams tackling local crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour by responding swiftly to local community intelligence. Five search warrants were carried out at addresses over the borough, with two people being arrested for drug offences. Officers stopped 45 vehicles during an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operation and two vehicles were confiscated for being uninsured. Hundreds of leaflets containing crime prevention advice were delivered to homes on the borough and over 100 Smartwater kits were distributed. With your help we can make your local community safer. Tell your local Safer Neighbourhoods team who is committing crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour in your local area and we’ll help make it stop.

I was saddened to see my Deputy Borough Commander, Superintendent Neil Vyse leave Harrow. Neil will be in charge of the Air Support Unit, the Mounted Branch and the Dogs Unit. Although this is an exciting role, I will miss Neil’s support and incisive intellect as we dealt with complex policing issues.

Chief Inspector Nick Davies has also moved on, he will now be working across the border in Brent. Nick has led on partnerships and I wish him well in his new role.

I presented a Borough Commander’s Commendation to Sergeant Mike Windeatt who has been an extraordinary leader for the Town Centre Team . Mike is great asset for the borough.

I continue to name and shame people for wasting valuable police time. This week Verma Maneesh Mohammed aged 28 from Chamberlayne Avenue, Wembley was issued with a fine for reporting to police that he had been pick-pocketed in Harrow town centre and his iphone had been taken. When questioned further he later admitted to police that he had lost the phone and made the story up.

I had the pleasure of meeting with four of our Met police volunteers who give their time on a regular basis. Their support and enthusiasm plays a significant part in freeing up our officers and staff to do the job they were trained to do, i.e. keeping our borough safe.

Ratna Sakeelan and Jo Telfer joined 5 years ago and help out in the Media unit and Pinner police station reception office respectively.

Pam McGhee and Pinky Tanna joined 2 years ago. Pam volunteers at Pinner Police Station and Pinky is now a law clerk with our own Directorate of Legal services; she still finds time to help us, as a volunteer, at partnership meetings.

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