Oct 04 2011

Borough Commander’s Blog – October 4, 2011

I had a meeting with all the local betting shop managers and Harrow Council this week, to discuss the level of crime and anti-social behaviour which we have seen in and around betting shops in Harrow, which concerns me. Sergeant Crump from our Licensing Unit will be arranging regular meetings with the group, who are keen to work together with the police and Harrow Council to deal with these challenges.

I would like to give a special mention this week to an unsung hero of Harrow – Bob Deans. Bob, the Mayor’s Chauffeur and Macebearer is an absolute gentleman. He is always courteous and polite while supporting the Mayor in his demanding roles. Bob works very long and unsociable hours, and on more than one occasion, has driven me to the local train station when I have finished a late event attended by the Mayor of Harrow. Harrow is fortunate to have lots of great people like Bob and that is one of the reasons our borough is a great place to live and work in.

Two people were arrested for burglary last week. I am hoping that this is testament to the impact of our Autumn crime campaign which we launched last week. I never lose admiration for the officers and staff of Harrow police; what a great bunch of dedicated men and women they are. If you have any information you would like us to act on, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

Last week I visited local, prolific and priority offenders (PPOs) with Harrow’s Head of Probation, Marc Khan, Sergeant Jon Myers and PC Laura Pinson These visits gave me an opportunity to acknowledge those PPOs who have stopped offending, and to emphasise to those individuals who continue to offend, that they will be dealt with firmly by police and the Probation Service.

I had an enjoyable morning, walking with Dr Parmar and The Mayor, at the Pothi Yatra procession to mark the start of Navratri. The festival was colourful and loud and marks nine days of celebration of Navarati. This was an opportunity for the police to reiterate our message about being safe and secure, and avoiding being a victim of burglary and robbery.

Harrow police cadets were also busy last week, assisting us with getting the crime prevention message across, during the festival period. They were handing out crime prevention leaflets to members of the public outside VB and Sons in North Harrow and reinforcing our message on how to stay safe.

Friday of last week, was Rosh Hashanah – the start of the Jewish new year and I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Jewish residents a happy new year. We continue to work closely with the Jewish Community Security Trust, and throughout this festival period, additional officers will be patrolling the areas around local synagogues.

Source: Metropolitan Police

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