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Oct 01 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – October 1, 2012

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

I have been covering night duty across London this week and have visited a number of boroughs where I have been posted as a PC and Sergeant. I reviewed and extended a detention at Haringey Custody and it brought back memories of arrests I made 29 years ago as a young probationer. All the officers I have supported this week have been totally professional and are looking forward to working back on their boroughs after helping to deliver the most successful Olympics ever.

Chief Inspector Russell Hughes and officers from SNTs have been visiting synagogues across the borough as part of High Holy Festival security patrols. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Jewish community a belated Happy New Year, (L’Shana Tova.)

“This week marks the start of our Autumn Nights’ campaign…”

Last Sunday evening I was honoured to be invited to attend an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Met Police Hindu Association at Harrow Leisure Centre organised with help from Gurudev Dr. Rajeshji Parmar. The event was a celebration of the close working relationship that has developed in the past decade between the Met Police and London’s Hindu community. A special mention must be made of PC Mahesh Nandha who was the founding Chairman of the society.

This week marks the start of our Autumn Nights campaign, this crime prevention campaign is aimed at all of Harrow’s communities and coincides with the festival season and the onset of darker evenings. Unfortunately burglaries usually increase over the next few months and I would ask all of you to take a little time to look at how you can secure your home from burglars. The essence of the Autumn Nights campaign is that in order to minimise the risk of you being burgled, please make your home look and sound occupied when you go out by using timer switches, lights and radios. In addition, when you are in the street, cover up your jewellery and don’t draw attention to yourself by using your mobile phone in public.

Members of Harrow Police were due to take part in a fundraising cricket match last Sunday at Stanmmore Cricket Club in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, unfortunately due to the atrocious weather not a ball was bowled. Chris Harris and St Luke’s fundraising team still managed to raise several thousand pounds for an extremely worthy cause. Hopefully the fixture can be re-arranged for next year.

This week’s officer of the week is PC Will Wright from Harrow’s Crime Squad. Unfortunately Will is leaving Harrow to join our colleagues at Heathrow airport. Will has been a hardworking and dedicated member of the Crime Squad for the last couple of years and will be a great loss to the borough. I wish him well as he returns to uniform duties and hope he considers returning to Harrow Borough in the future. Will is 6′ 5″ tall and is known by many of our local criminals, not only for his stature, but for his excellent memory for recognising a face and his professionalism.

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