Aug 20 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – August 20, 2012

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

We continue to focus our attention on the Wealdstone areawhere two teenagers were arrested this week for breaching their ASBOs. They were remanded in custody and will be sentenced in due course. I want to reassure the law-abiding members of Wealdstone’s community who have shared their concerns with us, that we will continue to do doing everything in our power to tackle criminality and anti-social behaviour.

Following on from the second, extremely productive, Mothers Against Gangs meeting, Chief Inspector Russell Hughes and PC Mahesh Nandha had a meeting with Katy Dawe from Art Against Knives, a youth-led charity which works to tackle the root causes of knife crime through arts initiatives. Discussions took place around youth engagement and how best to continue with the clean-up work started by the police cadets on the disused public house, Sam Maguire’s in Wealdstone which has recently become a magnet for local youths. I am told that this was a positive and inspiring meeting and I will keep you updated on how we progress this.

“I was enormously proud of Harrow officers and staff who worked on the Olympics.”

I attended the Commissioner’s conference along with other members of the senior leadership from across the Metropolitan Police Service. There will be changes across the police service but I was reassured that Safer Neighbourhood Policing will be strengthened locally with a greater focus on enforcement. I believe this will be excellent news for all of our 21 wards and I will be briefing the Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel Chairs over the next few months.

This week’s officer of the week is Acting Detective Inspector, Brett Key from the Borough Intelligence Unit . Brett is one of those officers who is extremely modest but has a huge level of knowledge about deploying the wide level of sophisticated covert police resources. I rely very heavily on Brett to advise me on the complex legislation around deploying undercover officers.

I would like to welcome PCSO Matthew Efford who has recently joined Edgware Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Prior to joining the police service, Matthew worked as a locksmith in the family firm started by his father in Victoria some thirty years ago. Matthew will use his extensive home security knowledge to good effect on Edgware ward to reduce burglary.

I was enormously proud of Harrow’s officers and staff who worked on the Olympics, they have worked tirelessly and made a huge contribution to the enormous success of the games. I attended the wrestling gold medal match and was disappointed to see Kumar lose a close match, however he seemed to be very proud of his silver medal. The officers are continuing to work long hours as we head into the Paralympics.

We are pleased to be supporting St Luke’s Hospice who are organising a celebrity cricket match on Sunday 23 September to celebrate the end of the cricket season and to kick-start the beginning of London Week of Peace. Former England international Angus Fraser and Bollywood actor Asad Shan will be taking part in the Cricket 4 Care event. This will be a great opportunity for people from our diverse community to get together and to raise money for a local charity who support people from all backgrounds.

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