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Sep 17 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – September 17, 2012

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

Last weekend I was honoured to be invited to attend a service of rededication and thanksgiving for victory in the Battle of Britain, which took place 72 years ago this month. The service was held at St John’s Church Stanmore.

This commemoration of this dramatic turning point in the Second World War and particularly the sacrifice made by the “few” is an extremely moving and humbling occasion.

Harrow’s Police Cadets formed a Guard of Honour for the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail and were an absolute credit to the Borough.

To quote Winston Churchill: “The gratitude of every home…goes out to the British airman who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and by devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

What makes it particularly relevant is the the fact that the RAF’s Bomber Command had its headquarters at Bently Priory, Stanmore.

England v Ukraine

I took my daughters Suraiya and Shanti to watch the England versus Ukraine football international at Wembley last week. Through the Football Association, we were able to obtain tickets for young footballers from Harrow’s Afghan community and their football coach. They were joined by two pupils from Harrow School as part of a mentoring project which we are setting up with the School.

One of the ideas we are working on is to arrange a football game between the Afghan boys and boys from Harrow School. The event will be supported by the Mothers Against Gangs project and we hope that both sets of parents will organise food after the match.

Mr Jim Hawkins, the Headmaster at Harrow is keen to support joint initiatives between his pupils and the local community and I am very grateful to him for all his help.

Over 35 police officers and Police Community Support Officers took part in the Relay For Life at Bannister Sports Centre last weekend to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Officers formed a continuous relay of the running track from 1 pm on Saturday through to 9.30 am on Sunday. My half hour slot was at 9.30 pm on Saturday night, when I was joined by my youngest daughter Shanti to complete two laps of the track.

Fittingly the relay baton we passed from officer to officer was a police baton.

Officers of the week

This week’s officer’s of the week are Acting Inspector Clare Currie and Sergeant John Crump for their professionalism and hard work during Olympic patrols on the borough.

I would also like to say a big thankyou to all of the Special Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors who volunteered for almost 2,500 hours during the Olympics and Paralympics. A massive effort.

Crime prevention – thefts from bags and pickpockets in the town centre and thefts from motor vehicles

Sergeant Mark Pullen from the Harrow Town Team is urging shoppers to be vigilant whilst shopping in the town centre following a spate of bag and purse thefts.

Please keep valuable items and bags with you and zipped up or secured at all times whilst out. These crimes are often committed in the blink of an eye; often at great expense to the victim and are avoidable if precautions are taken. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police

Police are working in partnership with store security to identify and deal with those responsible as well as conducting plain clothed operations and crime prevention stalls within the town centre area.

“an absolute credit to the Borough”

We have also seen a number of thefts from cars which have been left unlocked or with valuables left on display.

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