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Aug 29 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – August 27, 2012

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

This week’s officer of the week is Detective Constable Kristina Mendez Matejova who works in Harrow CID. Kristina has just qualified as a substantive detective. She is highly professional and diligent and provides an excellent service to victims of crime.

We were visited this week by the Harrow Victim Care Inspection Team who was looking at how we deliver customer services to members of the public. As part of this service, victims of crime selected at random, are called by a member of staff or an officer who asks them a series of questions on how well they felt that police had dealt with their case. We recognise that we don’t always get it right and we are always working on ways to improve our service, however it’s extremely pleasing when victims of crime give us positive feedback. For example this week a burglary victim from Kenton Lane, was highly complimentary of PC Matt Bantleman one of our response team officers. He praised PC Bantleman for the highly professional way in which he dealt with their burglary investigation and the respect he showed to vulnerable family members. PC Bantleman is a shining example of how officers should treat members of the public.

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Welcome to Police Community Support Officer Mark Storey who has joined Roxeth Safer Neighbourhoods team. Prior to joining the Met Police, Mark worked as a hospital porter at Hillingdon Hospital for five years.

We were honoured to receive food hampers from Mr Azmat Ali to celebrate the festival of Eid. This is a time for exchanging gifts and Mr Ali, on behalf of Harrow’s Muslim Community generously donated hampers to a number of places of worship and public offices, including Harrow Police Station. Our hampers were given to some of our front line patrol officers who have been working very long hours over the summer months during the Olympics and Paralympics.

I am really looking forward to the start of the Paralympics and the prospect of more gold medals for team GB. The highlight for me will be taking my daughters to seeing Oscar Pistorius competing in the track events.

Staying with a sporting theme, Harrow Police will be entering a 100 strong team to take part in a relay in aid of Cancer Research UK at the Roger Bannister Stadium in Harrow Weald. The team will include Chief Inspector Russell Hughes, Sergeant Tom Stagg and our youngest runner 2 year old Cameron, son of a Safer Neighbourhoods officer. How fitting that in an Olympic year this charity event takes place at a local sports centre named after one of Britain’s most famous track athletes!

The Relay For Life organised by Cancer Research UK is being held at the Roger Bannister Sport Stadium, Uxbridge Road, Harrow. The day begins around midday on Saturday 8 Septembers with the relay starting at 1pm. It will go on throughout the night finishing at 10am on the morning of Sunday 9 September.

We will also be holding a ‘drop-in surgery’ and crime prevention stand during the event, feel free to drop by and meet some of your local officers in various stages of exhaustion!

Please come along on the day and say hello. There will be various family activities including live music, food and drink. We have set up a just giving account for anyone who wishes to make a donation to this extremely worthy cause.

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