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Dec 30 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – December 31, 2012

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

2012 has been an amazing year and the police in Harrow have been at the centre of making this special year a success in terms of crime reduction both here in Harrow and across the Metropolitan Police Service as a whole. The Metropolitan Police Service had unprecedented demand placed upon us in 2012, not only officers and staff working to ensure Londoners were kept safe, but officers and staff worked long hours during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations including Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Harrow Borough.

The Olympics and Paralympics were a phenomenal success and officers from Harrow worked very long hours to ensure the smooth running of the Games. I was fortunate to attend events at both the Olympics and Paralympics and was struck by the sheer professionalism of all MPS officers, but particularly the Harrow officers I came into contact with who paid special attention to my two daughters at the events I attended.

Harrow Police worked with our colleagues at the local authority to deliver London’s first Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. The facility was formally opened during 2012 by the Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne.

The Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe visited Harrow and took questions from members of the public on policing at Harrow High School. Harrow Police has continued to reduce crime over the last three years and this was an opportunity for the local police to talk to local residents about these reductions.

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Harrow Police worked with a group of local mothers to set up an anti-gang group Mothers Against Gangs. The initiative was started to provide local mothers with an opportunity to meet with the local police and stop young people from joining gangs. The mothers have also started to be proactive and are now working with the siblings of gang members to ensure that younger brothers and sisters do not fall into gang activity. Mothers Against Gangs have also worked with The Football Association , Government Minister Mr Hick Hurd MP and Sky Presenter Gillian Joseph to raise the profile of the organisation. This is a fantastic Harrow Group who have already undertaken some fantastic work and have huge amount of potential to make a really positive impact in our society.

Harrow “A” Team officers dealt with a violent man who was wielding a knife in November 2011. Officers sustained horrific injuries in arresting Christopher Haughton and this December 2012 Haughton was found guilty of attempted murder.

I met A team on parade on Christmas Day. I told them that they showed outstanding bravery and that had not been for the Officers’ decisive actions I have no doubt that members of the public could have been seriously injured or killed. I am pleased to say that I fully appreciate the entire team was involved in the arrest but the Judge has made special mention of PCs Tom Harding, Ali Hinchliff and Andy Robb for their “very considerable courage” in dealing with the incident and also Acting Sergeant Dave Weir for his “determination and skill in marshalling a situation that was in danger of unfolding.”

Quentin Blake the Children’s Laureate visited Harrow High School at a specially arranged assembly and discussed his characters with local children. This was an amazing experience for the young people and provided an opportunity for Quentin to discuss good and evil characters. The children who attended subsequently drew anti-crime pictures inspired by Quentin’s visit.

The Metropolitan Police Service is undergoing some considerable changes and this is being encapsulated by the Local Policing Model. The Assistant Commissioner, Simon Byrne and the Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh will be attending Harrow Civic Centre on 10th of January 2013 at 6 PM to discuss the Local Policing Model. I am personally very pleased with the proposals which will see an increase in police numbers for Harrow Borough.

Detective Constable Alison Birch (pictured) is our officer of the week. Despite being 36 weeks pregnant, Alison has not slowed down or reduced her workload. Alison is still ensuring villains are locked up and that we protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. DC Birch is a formidable character and I am convinced she will be giving a birth to a very bouncy baby girl . However Alison is convinced that it will be a boy – either way I wish Alison and her husband all the very best.

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