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Nov 07 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – November 7, 2011

Chief Superintendent Dal Babu’s weekly Blog…

I attended a meeting with the Minister for Work and Pensions, Mr Iain Duncan Smith MP who was discussing the valuable role that older people play volunteering in our societies . I thought this was very apt for Harrow as we have a high number of volunteers performing roles such as Neighbourhood Champions and Special Constables. More details about volunteering can be found on our website.

I visited the former children’s Poet Laureate, Quentin Blake’s studio with Ms Alex Best, a member of staff from Harrow High School this week. Quentin has agreed to visit Harrow in the new year to work with local children on staying safe. This is great that Quentin has agreed to work with us on this exciting project which will result in the children exhibiting pictures on how to stay safe in local police stations.

Operation Bumblebee – Targeting Burglary

The darker nights do bring an increase in burglaries. Burglars are breaking into homes in Harrow, often gaining entry at the rear of the property. They are stealing safes, jewellery and cash. Look out for people acting suspiciously. If you see something that doesn’t seem right call 999. Help us keep your home and property secure by following our top tips on our website.

I was delighted to watch from the stand as Harrow Police’s football team beat Newham in the Police Cup Final at Barnet Football Club on Wednesday evening. It was nice to see colleagues coming together and relaxing with their families outside of the working environment. For the record, Harrow won the final 4 – 0. I would like to thank Toni Kleanthous, the Chairman of Barnet Football Club for generously allowing us to use Underhill Stadium for the final.

I am often touched by the kindness of complete strangers. This week I was grateful for the assistance of Suresh from Electrical Store in Forward Drive, who helped to find a screw for my bicycle pedal which had fallen off. I was able to continue to cycle across the borough safely.

Detective Sergeant Gerri Mannion and I met with detectives from New Scotland Yard this week to discuss how we can deal more effectively with Foreign Nationals we arrest. I am pleased to say we have improved our links with foreign police forces to ensure that we share information about foreign nationals who may be wanted abroad.

 

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