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Mar 25 2013

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – February 25, 2013

police_lantern_2-150x150Harrow Police’s weekly blog, written this week by Borough Commander Neil Wilson…

After 30 years of service, this is my last week at Harrow and will be my last blog. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to serve the community of Harrow. Having been here for some time now, I know that Harrow is a great place to live, work and visit. We have a strong partnership and I have seen at first hand the dedication and commitment of our officers and support staff who work extremely hard serving Harrow 24 hours of every single day. Be assured, Harrow is in safe hands and I wish you and all those closest to you the very best for the future.

Typist, Valerie Stamp also retired last week after completing 31 years and one day in the Metropolitan Police Service. Val joined the MPS in 1982 and served at Ruislip and Uxbridge before joining Harrow Borough in 1990. Throughout the course of her service Val has seen many changes and recalls using a manual typewriter, when she first started the job. An advancement in technology saw progression to the electric typewriters which were then considered state of the art. Of course technology didn’t stop there, and it wasn’t too long before typewriters became obsolete and desktop computers became commonplace. Taking all of these changes in her stride, Val has thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of her career and has been a loyal and dedicated member of police staff who will be sorely missed. Val plans to spend much of her retirement at her holiday home in Devon with her husband, and we wish her all the very best for the future.

[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”Val has thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of her career…”[/pullquote]

Inspector Vicky Brownlee who is the police lead for Harrow’s Neighbourhood Champions has been busy promoting the Neighbourhood Champions scheme in support of Harrow Council’s recent campaign. Volunteer Police Cadets have been out and about on wards across the borough telling people abouth the scheme and encouraging them to sign up. Future projects and recruitment events are planned at local supermarkets, garages and places where there’s a high volume of people traffic with the ultimate goal being having a Neighbourhood Champion for every ward on the borough. Neighbourhood Champions are a valuable resource and help police with locating missing people, appeals and cascading vital crime prevention advice about criminal activity that is happening in their areas. If you would like to find out more about the scheme visit Harrow Council website. See related links.

We have had quite a few thefts from vehicles reported this week, especially in the HA3, HA5 and HA7 postcode areas. Please ensure that you lock and secure your vehicle when you leave it unattended and don’t leave any valuables on display. If possible remove all valuable items even those stored in the boot, as thieves know to look there. If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked cars call 999.

Officers from the Central Cluster Safer Neighbourhood Teams working with officers from the Trident Gang Crime Command executed two warrants at addresses on the Church Hill Place estate in Wealdstone. The aim was to disrupt the use and supply of drugs in the area. The targeted addresses were those which officers believed were been frequented by local gangs causing both anti-social behaviour and commiting crime on the estate. Two arrests were made as a result of drugs being found at these addresses and an imitation fire arm was recovered from one of the premises. One person received a cannabis warning, whilst the investigation in relation to the other drugs arrest and the firearm are still on going.

The Met is supporting the Crimestoppers campaign to tackle cannabis cultivation in the UK, an increasing problem in residential areas, which has seen a 15% increase in cannabis factories in 2011/12. This week Crimestoppers, the Met and other police forces across the country will be distributing “scratch and sniff” cards to the public to educate and inform them about the signs to spot and detect cannabis farms by recognising the specific smell of growing cannabis. The cards contain an element that replicates the smell of cannabis in its growing state. It is vitally important that we continue to raise awareness of cannabis cultivation further so that London’s communities know what signs to look out for and can report concerns that will be acted on swiftly. The Crimestoppers campaign plays a key part in achieving this. Anyone with information about drugs in their area who doesn’t want to speak to the police can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and help to make their local community safer.

Source: Metropolitan Police

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