Dec 06 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – December 3, 2012

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

We hosted a delegation of Egyptian police officers last week (pictured below), invited to the UK by the United Nations to learn about policing in London. The Egyptian officers were particularly interested in the community engagement work carried out by our Safer Neighbourhoods officers and the huge contribution made by our special constables and volunteers. Visits like this make me very proud of this borough and the police officers and staff who serve on it. We would like to thank Harrow Mosque and Harrow School for welcoming our guests as part of their visit to the borough.

We have two officers of the week, Phil Hicks and Steve Holland. Phil, who works within our intelligence unit and Steve, who is in charge of our Criminal Justice Unit are both retiring. Steve and Phil were both previously police officers before returning to the service as members of police staff, and have completed almost 75 years’ service. Both of them have a vast wealth of experience and will be a huge loss to Harrow and the Metropolitan Police Service. I wish them both well in their retirement.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Please be warned that we continue to receive reports about distraction thefts.[/pullquote]

I am pleased to report that as a result of a robbery appeal on Crimewatch last week, two men were identified from CCTV footage. Zain Andami aged 19 of Marsh Lane, Stanmore and Vishal Pawar aged 20 of Gaydon Road, Colindale have both been charged with robbery following the attack on a woman in Stanmore back in February.

Please be warned that we continue to receive reports about distraction thefts. This week a man in his fifties was duped shortly after withdrawing a large amount of cash from the bank. The man was walking back to his car when he was approached by a couple who pointed out a stain on the back of his jacket and offered to help him clean it off. The man later discovered that his cash had been stolen from his inside jacket pocket. These thieves can be extremely convincing and I urge members of the public to err on the side of caution and to be wary of anybody who approaches them in the street, for whatever reason.

PC Sonia Ong, was interviewed by BBC Asian News radio channel recently to encourage Asian mums to come forward and join Mothers Against Gangs. Sonia who spoke of her experiences not only as a police officer, but also as an Asian mother herself, explained she has dealt with youths from all walks of life who have been through the judiciary system. She knows that some Asian families feel shame about such incidents and are often reluctant to talk to anyone. By appealing to women in the Asian community to join the group Sonia hopes that Mothers Against Gangs can change attitudes and help mothers from all communities to recognise the signs and behaviour that may indicate that their children have fallen in with the wrong crowd. You can find out more about the group – mothersagainstgangs.co.uk.

Officers from Harrow are part of a major pan-London operation to raise awareness of security and counter terrorism. The initiative – known as Operation Penna – involves co-ordinated activity focussed on reminding the public, as well as police officers and staff, of the vital role they can play in protecting London from terrorism. Tactics include high visibility patrols around crowded places and transport hubs, and briefings to businesses explaining the current threat from terrorism and what they can do to protect themselves from it.

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