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Apr 30 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – April 30, 2012

Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Chief Superintendent Dal Babu…

We were happy with the visit from Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne this week. He is keen to build on the excellent relationship between Harrow Council and Harrow Police. Both Chief Executive Mike Lockwood and I were extremely pleased to discuss how to extend our work on the Harrow Neighbourhood Champions and the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Mr Byrne and Mr Lockwood will be meeting as the relationship between Harrow Borough and Territorial Policing develops.

I attended an event at Hendon Police College with colleagues from Harrow Council, the National Health Service and voluntary organisations on how we can improve the MASH . The consensus was that improved information sharing across the agencies was absolutely crucial in improving the outcomes of our children. I am really proud that Harrow is leading the way on Children Safeguarding issues in London. Dr Jonathan Crego facilitated the session and his expertise was invaluable in ensuring we move forward in a positive way as we look at how we apply the principles of MASH towards domestic violence.

“make your home look occupied when you are out”

I attended New Scotland Yard at the weekend to welcome new volunteers to the Metropolitan Police Service. I was pleased to see that we had volunteers from virtually every borough in London including two from Harrow – Anna Sedgwick and Jan Eachus. The organiser of the event was Siobhan Swinchatt who works for the Metropolitan Police Service and is also a Special Inspector at Harrow. Inspector Swinchatt combines a busy home life with a busy daytime job, whilst working most weekends as Special Inspector. This week she has been working on how we can use volunteers to view CCTV footage to help ensure police officers stay on the front line.

Harrow Safer Neighbourhoods team ran another successful Operation Cubo this week. This operation is aimed at targeting vehicles which are uninsured, unsafe and used in crime. A total of 214 vehicles were stopped and three uninsured cars were seized. These operations have an impact on crime. We have seen a reduction in burglary so far this financial year, but please continue to help us by following these crime prevention tips. Lock all doors and windows when you go out, leave lights and a radio on to make your home look occupied when you are out.

I was pleased to finish the London Marathon and my body is now starting to recover. Thank you to all of you who sponsored me and remember you can make a donation to the work of St Mary’s Hospital Paddington by following the link on the right hand side of this page.

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