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Sep 24 2012

Harrow Police’s Weekly Blog – September 24, 2012

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

I was saddened by the news last week of the officers who tragically died in the line of duty, when attending a routine burglary. I’m sure your thoughts, like mine, go out to their families and our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police. This is a chilling reminder of the dangers police officers face on a daily basis.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Harrow’s new Chief Inspector of Operations, Gary Warby. Gary takes over from Inspector Pam Bannerman who has done a fantastic job, particularly dealing with the additional demands during the Olympic and Paralympics Games. Gary joins us from Westminster where he headed the Oxford Street Retail Crime Unit. Gary is a keen marathon runner and for his sins, is a West Ham football fan.

“I was saddened by the news last week of the officers who tragically died in the line of duty…”

We have seen a recent increase in the theft of gold necklaces where the suspects approach vulnerable victims, especially elderly Asian woman and snatch the necklaces they are wearing. We have had 22 offences in the past three months. With the festival period upon us, I would strongly recommend to cover up your jewellery whilst out on the street to avoid your chances of becoming a victim of this crime. Please look out for elderly and vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours and pass this crime prevention information onto them as we need to get this message out into the community. If you know of anyone who you suspect may be responsible for these crimes, please contact us on 101 or alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers.

PCSO Suzanne Keys has been busy holding a series of crime preventions events in the community. Last weekend Suzanne spoke to hundreds of people at the Pinner Village Show telling them how to make their homes more secure. Ask your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team for more crime prevention advice or go to the crime prevention page on our website.

This week the officers of the week are Harrow’s Crime Squad which is led by Detective Inspector James McEvoy. I invited the officers to lunch last week to thank them for all their dedication and hard work. The next day they rewarded me by arresting two men who were wanted on suspicion of burglary. The Crime Squad usually work undercover, targeting our most wanted criminals on the borough.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteer police cadets for their efforts during the Olympics and Paralympics Games. They were on patrol during the closing ceremony this month in Green Park and on their way back to the police van bumped into a number of Olympians including Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Tom Daley. The athletes were kind enough to pose for photos with our cadets.

And finally we bid a fond farewell to Sgt John Bloxham who retires after serving over 20 years in the Metropolitan Police Service. John has served in the role of custody sergeant for the last few years, an extremely important position with the MPS, and his vast knowledge has always been appreciated by less experienced officers. John held an equity card and was an actor before joining the police force.

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