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Sep 13 2017

Paul Says: Share Your Thoughts on Harrow’s Police!

Share Your Thoughts on Harrow’s Police!

The Borough Commander Simon Ovens has informed me of a public consultation (details below) to discuss the proposals being put forward by the Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to close many of Harrow’s Police Buildings. I would encourage everyone to attend to have your say and to help make Harrow safe.

I am sure many of you are concerned, as am I, with the apparent increase in high profile crime in Harrow this year. Although Harrow is often named the safest Borough in London, many residents do not feel safe. This is highlighted by the fact that Harrow has the 6th lowest levels of public confidence in policing out of all 33 London Boroughs. Policing is an extremely important issue for all of us in Harrow and any decisions made on policing matters should be carried out properly and taken seriously.

This summer, shocking evidence came to light which suggests that Sadiq Khan agreed to the closure of many police stations across the capital before public consultations had been carried out. The Labour Mayor of London needs to take his responsibility seriously to keep Harrow and the rest of London safe. Residents must be heard.

  • Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Members Lounge, 1st Floor, Harrow Civic Centre, HA1 2XY

This is your chance to put your views forward and let your voice be heard!

Cllr Paul Osborn
Leader, Harrow Conservative Group

 

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  1. red mirror

    hi
    paul interestingly the same thing is happening in watford the police station and magistrates court are being closed and turned into luxury apartments ,the police will be relocated in the town hall in watford watch out for a similar merger in harrow i have seen this across the country and find it a bit sinister call me paranoid but i don’t like the way things are shaping up.

  2. Linda Robinson

    Thanks Paul, although I’m not sure why it should be up to the council’s opposition leader to publicise this event. Surely it should fall to the police themselves, or our Council Leader or at least someone from Sadiq’s own party at the GLA to tell us all that they are running a consultation session about something so important.
    Well done, anyway, for being the first to get the news out. I hope a lot of us will put in an appearance and tell them what we think.

  3. Someonewhocares

    Ah yes Paul O; But you conveniently did not mention here the Tory cuts of £600M imposed on the Met. since 2010 and with another £400M by 2021?

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/sadiq-khan-to-shut-50-per-cent-of-police-station-front-counters-in-a3570731.html

    Could YOU please therfore consult with the Government and inform them we (and apparently the whole of the electorate) are all “onto them”? By that I mean their ‘strategy’ of Central Government *cutting funding to such Public Services and then blaming others when these Services under-perform or are lost entirely*

    All this “safest Borough” nonsense is of course meaningless – and if these cuts continue *all* boroughs will be unsafe obviously.

      1. Someonewhocares

        Plus the related July Consultation/Report:

        https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/public_acess_strategy.pdf

        1. Someonewhocares

          Not forgetting where/when it began (Boris/2013)…

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21924604

          .. and Labour’s resistance to these plans at that time……!

  4. Someonewhocares

    Just in case I did not provide enough background for attendees next week….

    https://www.met.police.uk/stats-and-data/crime-data-dashboard/

    This has an interesting ‘slider function’ on the upper right so you can vary the period under consideration: For example for 2010-17 we seem to have done quite well as compared to Hillingdon and Barnet.

    (Interesting to see most crime was in Westminster though… as we already know.)

    Not sure what happened to this group recently though:

    https://www.saferharrow.co.uk/blog/post/628/Harrow-comes-joint-second-in-survey-on-confidence-in-policing/

    – and frankly the notion that we have slipped around 25 places in London Borough Police Confidence terms (whatever that means) over 2 years is politically-motivated nonsense too.

  5. Paul Osborn

    The figure about Police Confidence come from MOPAC and is mentioned in Harrow Council’s . Community Safety, Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation Strategy ( http://www.harrow.gov.uk/www2/documents/s147380/Community%20Safety%20and%20VVE%20Strategy%20FINAL.pdf on page 10).

    Hope that helps.

    1. Someonewhocares

      Yes, that *does* help Paul O. – but only to an extent.

      The main problem however is quoting such ‘facts and figures’ out of (relative) context.
      -For example the MPOAC figures (for ’14-’15) are given in *this* document (page 10):

      https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/media/455335/crimeconference8dec2014reddin.pdf

      -and, as you can see from the graph on page 10, Harrow was ‘joint second top’ at that time in these confidence levels (Whatever that means)

      The other problem with this whole Borough ‘league table’ approach is in that the (wholly-subjective) category of ‘confidence’ there is virtually meaningless, as the graph is almost flat..!

      (In other words most ‘scores’ are between 65% to 75% – but that small 10% difference can mean being quite near the ‘bottom’ or quite near the ‘top’….for what that’s worth….!)

      Clearly what would really matter to most of us of course would be a graph showing “crimes reported vs. crimes solved” or similar.

      Don’t get me wrong, there *is* currently an ‘upward trend’ – but again cutting the Met. Funding will not reverse this.

      Finally we are all weary of so-called ‘consultations’ whereby any Public Body (and that includes Councils of course) elicits Public Opinion simply to completely ignore it.

      -The meeting here on Tuesday typifies that; It really does not matter what we say, these cuts will still happen, and this useless ‘consultation’ exercise will be repeated at most other Boroughs too.

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