May 29 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – May 28, 2012

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

This week I met the 21 new police constables who are joining Harrow Borough. The officers are a great addition to the borough and are all very keen and enthusiastic and look extremely smart in their freshly-ironed new uniforms.

I reminded them all that they only have one opportunity to make a good first impression and they are here to serve the people of Harrow and help to fight crime.

The new officers are assigned experienced police constables as mentors to provide them with support and advice as they embark on their careers as police officers. Fortunately, all these 21 new officers were Police Community Support Officer prior to becoming police constables and this has given them a good understanding of the high expectations of the Metropolitan Police Service.

“Chief Superintendent Dal Babu and his staff, are working hard for the people of Harrow.”

I chaired the Harrow Safer Harrow Strategic Group this week and was pleased to see senior representatives from Probation, Harrow Council and the voluntary sector working together to reduce crime across Harrow.

I met with the Head of Probation, Marcia Whyte to agree the co-location of Harrow’s Integrated Offender Management Unit (IOM). This group is designed to ensure that probation and the police work with other agencies to manage offenders who live in the community. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reduce crime.

Kanti Nagda and PC Mahesh Nandha helped to crack a criminal network which preyed on vulnerable immigrants in Harrow. Working together, Kanti and PC Nandha, with the help of brave members of the local Hindu community gathered information on Vijay and Bhawna Sorthia who ran a sophisticated scam from their Migration Gurus business in Wealdstone which sold forged visa documents to unsuspecting migrant workers. As a result of PC Nandha’s information, over £300,000 in cash was recovered from the couple’s home in Stanmore. This money will now be used by the Government under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is yet another example of PC Nandha’s excellent work with the community – a great officer totally committed to serving our community.

This week we hosted a national crime conference at Harrow School. The event allowed Borough Commanders from across London and the home counties to discuss different strategies for reducing crime. This was a positive event and I was pleased to say that Inspector Darren Judge and Chief Inspector Russell Hughes from Harrow’s Safer Neighbourhoods portfolio have been asked to front a Metropolitan Police Service training DVD on how to improve victim satisfaction. I was pleased to see some of the ideas discussed at the conference were already implemented by the time I was back at work the following day. The event was closed by Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe visited Harrow on Monday to look at partnership working on the borough and said: “The Borough of Harrow takes partnership working seriously year in, year out. They regard it as a joint mission to fight crime and keep people safe. They are constructive, creative and, together with Chief Superintendent Dal Babu and his staff, are working hard for the people of Harrow.”

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