Aug 9 2012 by Mhairi Macfarlane, Harrow Observer
I AM pleased to say that this week, Sergeant Johnny Mahil is our police officer of the week.
Sergeant Mahil is definitely a ‘can do’ officer – nothing is too much trouble.
His transfer from the Territorial Support Group to Harrow was, and continues to be, excellent news for the borough.
I conducted a site visit to the Wealdstone area and spoke to Harrow Council and the owner of the building which was formerly Sam Maguire’s public house about how we could work together to enhance the area and reduce crime.
One of the ideas agreed was to paint the wooden hoardings on the building.
The owner agreed and last week, our hard-working police cadets painted the hoardings to brighten up the area.
Our thanks to Panna Vekaria from Vascroft and Patrick Louise from ICI Paint in Greenford who donated paint and materials to assist with the project.
The Vekaria family have been extremely generous in giving their time and money to help local causes in Harrow and India – this is yet another example of their commitment to our communities.
The flowers at Pinner Police Station are in full bloom and are looking marvellous – this is in the main due to the efforts of Marianita Bailey, a police volunteer.
I am a keen gardener myself and look forward to harvesting the fruits of my hard work on my allotment later this month, so I know I how hard Marianita works all year round to ensure the floral display at Pinner looks so wonderful.
During the Olympic period additional police officers have been on patrol in Harrow.
These units are called Panther Units and the officers are from all over the UK.
Officers from Northumbria, Cleveland, Dyfed and Powys in Wales, Durham and West Midlands police have been on patrol in Harrow this week.
The West Midlands police officers attended a religious event at The Siddashram Centre in Wealdstone during their tour of duty in Harrow. Our sincere thanks to Dr Parmar and the Hindu Community for the hospitality shown to our guest police officers.
On the subject of the Olympics, I was proud to watch the GB Women’s Football Team beat Brazil at Wembley last week.
Harrow officers and staff are working very long hours locally and across London to ensure the Olympics run smoothly.
Jeannette Watts from our Criminal Justice Department deserves a special mention – she is one of the Games Makers and has been helping at the equestrian events and will be working at the triathlon event.
Special Constable James Cornelius is also a real star performer; not only does he volunteer and work long hours as a police officer, he has also been coming in at the weekends to wash and clean police cars.
As the holiday season is upon us please ensure you think about asking a trusted friend or neighbour to look after your home if you are going away and make your home look occupied. Use timer switches for lights and radios. Remember, burglars target unoccupied homes.