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Feb 21 2015

Harrow Police Public Meeting – February 26, 2015

gareth_thomas_headshotGareth Thomas MP, MP for Harrow West, is holding a public meeting with Chief Supt Simon Overs, Borough Command of Harrow Police, to discuss crime and policing in the borough.

The public meeting will take place at St Paul’s Church, in Corbins Lane, South Harrow, on February 26, 2015, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by either contacting his parliamentary office on 0201 219 4243 or emailing gareth.thomas.mp@parliament.uk

 

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  1. sonoo malkani

    Certainly a good idea for members of public to get to this meeting and find out personally from their Borough Commander the state of play in Harrow and also flag up any concerns they may have.They may have good suggestions to make and even share valuable experiences.

    Time is short and the information needs publicising much more actively to have any real impact.All the same,good to see the local MP organise this and hope others will follow in due course.

    In future,announcements of this kind need to go in the Harrow Times,Harrow Council website and also notices displayed on our library boards and in major supermarkets!That would be optimum use of our top cop.

    Those of you planning to attend please let Gareth Thomas know.We no longer have a Community Engagement Group(the HPCCG).Make the most of these rare PUBLIC INTERACTIVE meetings!

  2. Anne Jones

    This gives me an uneasy feeling,I do not think Commander Oven (or as he addresses himself in emails Simon N. Ovens B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc., FCMI) should in the run up to the Election hold a public meeting with the local MP on Policing unless the candidates that are standing against him are either included or are afforded the chance to hold their own public meetings with Commander Oven.

  3. Anne Jones

    Does anyone know if this happened as their is no reporting on it that I can find.

  4. Someonewhocares

    Yes, it happened – but it was very much a SOUTH Harrow-only event,- in that only SOUTH Harrow problems were aired. Apart from any perceived political implications credit to Thomas/Ovens for doing this but the acoustics in the hall were dire !

  5. sonoo malkani

    Anne,since I was away,I could not be present but am certain this meeting took place.It’s a pity Harrow Times have not covered this

    There is nothing to be uneasy about.The Borough Commander can be invited by any candidate to have public police meeting–happened to be Labour MP, Gareth Thomas, on this occasion.

    I am confident,he would be more than happy to accommodate as many as his diary would allow and would NOT be playing favourites or being partial to any political side.

    Since he represents the METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE at a senior level,his job and that of his staff, is to remain APOLITICAL and provide an EQUAL and FAIR service to all candidates concerned.

    Hopefully someone will fill in the blanks about this meeting.

    1. Anne Jones

      Sonoo It is surprising that the Harrow Times did not cover this nor GetWestLondon

      I am sure that Commander Ovens will offer his time to other candidates as you state.however
      my main concern was the misinterpretation by others.Something I have seen happen before & unfairly so.

      Public confidence in the police is high & improving,with the financial restraints in place this goes to show the quality & professionalism of the staff, ( I am biased as I have friends & family within the Met).

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  6. sonoo malkani

    Thanks for your feed-back Someonewhocares.

  7. Susan Hall

    To be fair to The Times there was arguably the most important Council meeting of the year on at the same night. The budget setting council meeting when it was decided to close 4 Libraries, charge £75 for brown bin collection. 6 petitions with over 2,000 signatures each were presented and discussed at length, and of course the 2% council tax increase, which for the record the Conservatives voted against. I am sure Gareth Thomas did not choose this evening on purpose just to keep Conservative Councillors away…. The reporter had no option but to cover that and she was there with us until well past midnight. Perhaps it would be more sensible to look and see what other major meetings are on before booking such meetings, but then perhaps he did.

  8. Someonewhocares

    Naughty, naughty, Susan, such speculation is not necessary or useful!
    Again this meeting was specific to SOUTH Harrow problems and residents. Politics was NOT discussed in any shape or form and as far as I can see it was a very useful meeting for those with concerns. Suggest you check with any contacts from SOUTH Harrow before jumping to conclusions.

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