Jun 7 2012 by Del Babu, Harrow Observer
I was honoured to be asked to open the Stanmore fete on Sunday, May 27 and I am grateful for the kind invitation from Tony Raymond, chairman of the Stanmore Society.
I bumped into one of my former colleagues there, Inspector Mark Lynch, his wife Karen and their two children, who volunteer for St John’s Church and do a great amount of work for the local community.
I was particularly impressed by the generosity of local parishioner, Peter Johnson who paid for the copse from his own pocket so that the children of the junior church can enjoy the woods.
I attended the opening of the ‘Cedars Project’ where the guest of honour was the former Watford and England manager Graham Taylor. I reminded him that the first game I ever policed was at Wembley Stadium.
It was the 1984 Watford v Everton FA Cup final, which unfortunately Watford lost 2-0. Mr Taylor thanked me for reminding him of that fact.
Cedars Youth and Community Centre is a state-of-the-art youth and community facility funded via the Department for Education’s MyPlace programme and is set to open after nearly four years in the making.
The centre will provide much-needed opportunities for the community with a focus on harnessing and developing young people’s potential.
In a time when young people need positive opportunities with regards to social integration, physical activity, education, training and employment opportunities, we intend to provide all of this and much more at Cedars.
I presented PC Mark Thompson with his 22-year, long-service medal this week.
Mark transferred from Thames Valley Police and is an extremely committed officer and is an integral part of the Headstone South Safer Neighbourhoods team.
I also confirmed PC Lewis Cull this week. Lewis is an important member of A team and took responsibility for organising a number of social events following the stabbing of the officers in Kingsbury last November.
I was pleased to welcome one of our 21 new officers, PC Sheena Sungum. Sheena was a PCSO on Brent Borough for the past four years and will be joining Harrow’s D team once she passes out from Hendon next month.
We are seeing more and more officers and PCSOs joining the borough, so in addition to the 21 officers I mentioned last week, we will have an additional 23 PCSOs joining us very shortly.
I have attended a number of briefings at New Scotland Yard and we are looking at how we are going to drive down crime.
So far this financial year, burglary is down by 21 per cent and robbery has dropped by 15 per cent.
However, we must never be complacent and I am determined to do everything I can to reduce the number of victims of crime.
Please remember during the hot weather to secure all windows and doors when you go out.
If you are in the back garden think about security at the front of the house.
If you have any information on people committing crime, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
I had a meeting with the officers that work on the Safer Transport Command.
These 36 officers and PCSOs are in addition to the Safer Neighbourhoods teams, CID and uniform teams that work on the borough and help to keep our transport links safe.