Jul 5 2012 by Dal Babu, Harrow Observer
LAST week I attended Harrow School who were showcasing the opportunities available to young, local boys through the Peter Beckwith Harrow Trust.
The trust was set up by former Harrow School pupil, Peter Beckwith, who wanted to offer gifted and talented boys the same opportunities that he had at a young age.
I was very impressed with the young Harrow pupils who, despite their tender years, spoke confidently of their great experiences at the famous school.
I chaired the borough’s Health and Safety meeting recently which looks at how we can learn lessons and make policing safer for my colleagues and the general public.
One of the issues discussed was Safer Neighbourhoods Teams visiting local butchers and sandwich shops to remind them of the importance of ensuring knives and sharp objects are kept in a safe place and out of reach of passing members of the public.
This initiative was taken up following a number of incidents across London, which have resulted in fatalities or serious injuries where knives have been grabbed from butchers’ shops.
PC Gurmit Nothay has completed his probation and was a teacher prior to joining the police. He is currently working with the Safer Transport Team and is dedicated to reducing crime on Harrow’s buses. He told me how much he is enjoying his role.
I met Special Constables Claire Kinnane and Rishi Samji in my office to thank them for their commitment to volunteering with Harrow Police.
Both Claire and Rishi regularly volunteer more than 100 hours each month and are totally reliable.
My regular colleagues tell me these special constables are as able as their regular colleagues. Well done to both of them.
Last week I hosted a Borough Commander’s Award Ceremony for Met Specials, volunteers and cadets in recognition of the service they provide to the borough.
Our volunteers, many of whom are retired, in full-time work and education, provide a valuable contribution to the police service and I am always impressed with their commitment and dedication.
Ron Barnbrook was presented with an award for his exemplary professionalism and dedication as a drill instructor for Harrow’s Volunteer Police Cadets enabling police cadets to enhance their team-working skills and confidence.
I was pleased to support the Harrow Association of Somali Voluntary Organisations (HASVO) Education Awards which supports local young Somali people. This was a very uplifting event which saw young people acknowledged for their educational attainments. Well done to all the recipients.
Recently I attended the Annual Civic Service at St Mary’s Church, Harrow on the Hill, to celebrate the new Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail.
Officers within the Metropolitan Police Service’s Specialist and Economic Crime Directorate have produced a comprehensive fraud prevention booklet entitled, The Little Book of Big Scams.
The guide explains some of the most common scams in existence, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated and provides the reader with essential advice to reduce the chances of them being parted from their money.
People from all backgrounds and income levels are targeted by scammers – anyone can fall victim to fraud.
This booklet is primarily aimed at the elderly and vulnerable in society as they are particularly at risk; but anyone who reads it will benefit.
To get your copy of the booklet go to www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/.