Oct 10 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – October 10, 2011

The Zoroastrian Centre in Rayners Lane was the venue for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the borough, to commemorate the150th anniversary of the Zoroastrian charity fund. I was impressed that the local Zoroastrian community had kindly invited members of our diverse communities to the event at the centre, which is the Zoroastrian’s Headquarters in the United Kingdom. HRH the Duke of Edinburgh had an opportunity to meet with our local community and presented gifts to distinguished guests, including three members of the Zoroastrian community who like the Prince were also celebrating being 90 years of age .

I was pleased to confirm two excellent officers this week; PC Jeanette Burrows and PC Bhavine Patel. Both officers are graduates, who have a wealth of experience to bring to the borough. PC Burrows was a member of police staff, working in the intelligence unit , before joining as a police officer and PC Patel completed a degree in Criminology at South Bank University. Both officers are thoroughly enjoying their roles as PCs and the challenge of working on our borough.

I have reviewed the schools’ officer roles after a meeting with the local secondary school headteachers this week. This will involve continuing to work closely with all of our schools, to ensure the safeguarding of our young people. We will also be increasing our patrols in and around the transport hubs in Harrow at the end of the school day. The schools’ officers are a dedicated group of officers, who have built up excellent relationships with the local schools, teachers and pupils. I have been particularly impressed with PC Jane Livingstone and PCSO Jose Cambeiro, who have managed to gain respect from some of the most challenging young people on our borough. I want to ensure we fully support our young people, but at the same time, deal firmly with the small minority who cause anti-social behaviour or involve themselves in criminality.

I have agreed to support the continuation of the Dispersal Zones, which cover Wealdstone and Harrow town centre. The Dispersal Zones give police officers the power to ‘move on’ potential troublemakers. This proved invaluable when we had the disorders in London during the summer. We were fortunate in Harrow, not to have experienced any disorder, as we were able to disperse immediately, young people who had started to congregate in the town centre

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