Jul 09 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – July 9, 2012

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

Next Monday 16 July in the Old Harrovian Room, Harrow School, between 10 am and 2 pm, we will be taking part in a special conference entitled “Pre-empt – take action before it’s too late.” This is the launch of a new support group which has been set up by mothers from Harrow to tackle the pressures from gang culture facing young people and their families.

The event, the first of its kind in Harrow, will see professionals from partner agencies including education, health, housing,children’s services and voluntary organisations come together to inform parents of the services and support groups available should they have concerns regarding young people, crime and gangs.

“supporting young people at risk of becoming involved in criminality”

There are many ways of supporting young people involved or at risk of becoming involved in criminality or gang activity. Often they do not realise the seriousness of what they have got into, until it’s too late. One of the aims of the conference entitled is to communicate with and advise parents and carers of the signs to look out for, how they can help someone they care about and to give practical advice on how a young person can get themselves out of a situation that they are no longer comfortable with.

Parents and carers are often aware that there has been a change of mood or habit within a young person, they have their suspicions that something is “not quite right” but they are unsure of where to go or who to turn to for help or advice. This seminar will address these issues and put people in touch with the right agencies, whilst promoting diversionary activities for young people at risk.

The group, Mothers Against Gangs (MAG) is a self-help group and was formed following meetings with local police to discuss how mothers could use their influence to guide their children away from becoming involved in crime and gangs. The scheme is being funded through the Prisoner Property Act fund which will be given to Harrow Association of Voluntary Organisations (HASVO) to directly fund the group.

We will be providing free transport to the event from The Beacon Centre, Scott Crescent and The Wealdstone Centre at 9.30 am on Monday 16 July. It may be possible to arrange to be picked up from home. See conatct details on the right hand side for more information.

Although we have a 20% reduction in burglary at Harrow so far this year I am concerned about the number of burglaries where the house has been left insecure with doors unlocked or windows left open. We recently arrested a motor vehicle thief who was filmed on CCTV walking along the road trying hundreds of car doors before finding an open one from which he stole a sat nav. Please ensure you lock your car doors and key valuables out of sight .

Harrow Volunteer Police Cadets helped marshal the St Luke’s Hospice Midnight Walk last week. This is an annual event where ladies complete a sponsored nine mile walk for this worthwhile cause.

The event had 1500 participants this year and two of the cadets, Anisha Kotecha and Meera Patel (second and third from the left in the photograph) completed the walk themselves

The cadets started helping at 1pm setting up and decorating the hall until 5pm. The second shift started at 9pm and worked loading goodie bags for all the walkers. The older cadets acted as marshalls on the route. The younger cadets with staff and volunteers set up tables, prepared breakfast and made teas and coffees for the returning walkers through to 5am.

Harrow Volunteer Police Cadets were proud to be part in this event which raised a massive £188,940 for the St Luke’s Hospice.

Jonathan Cox is an Economics Teacher at Copland School in Wembley. He has joined Harrow Police has a volunteer bringing a wealth of experience. I have arranged to meet with him to see how we can best utilise his local skills and knowledge.

Officers have been steeping up their campaign on rogue premises that sell alcohol to under age customers. This has involved in number of undercover police operations involving school age pupils attempting to buy alcohol. Harrow police will work with Harrow Council to shut any premises found to be flouting the law by selling alcohol to underage youths.

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