A LARGE part of policing is about comprehensive crime investigation to enable the Crown Prosecution Service to mount a successful prosecution.
Robbery has a huge impact of the victim, often making them feel vulnerable and fearful for their safety long after the offence. It is by catching and deterring offenders that Harrow Police have been able to reduce the number of robberies across the borough.
Since April 1, there have been 42 fewer victims of robbery in Harrow compared to last year.
On Wednesday last week, Thulani Khumalo, 20, of no fixed address, was convicted at Harrow Crown Court for two knife point robberies, he awaits sentencing next month.
I want to send a clear message to criminals on this borough; if you commit crime we will catch you and bring you before the courts.
Sometimes it can take a long time to catch a suspect, for example recently we apprehended a suspect for a burglary in 2002. It is this dogged determination to track down every suspect that has delivered a large reduction in the number of burglaries; we have seen 227 less victims of burglary compared to the same four months last year.
I am also committed to working in partnership with the local authority, the Probation Service and other statutory partners as well as local charities to divert the youth of Harrow away from criminality. On Friday last week , I visited the Wealdstone Centre on Wealdstone High Street to see the good work that is done there. I met with the young people and talked to them about police use of our Stop and Search Powers.
Stop and Search can often lead to animosity between police and young people and I am keen that we break down barriers by giving people an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered by a senior police officer, I feel that I have helped them understand why officers use Stop and Search. Stop and Search is often presented in a negative light, however, I believe that it is an important tool in deterring criminality.
In my role as borough commander I am frequently privileged to be invited to important events across the borough. On Saturday, I attended a reception at the Shree Swaminarayan Sidhant Sajivan Mandal Temple to commemorate the opening of the enlarged temple.
It was a fabulous evening, they made me feel very welcome and I met a lot of interesting people.
I am invited to a range of different events at local religious establishments and I consider it an important part of my role, to ensure the police service is accessible and representative of the community we serve.
In the coming months the Metropolitan Police Service will be starting a new recruitment campaign.
I know the commissioner is keen that the officers that serve Londoners have put down roots in London and understand the diverse needs of the community.
Once the recruitment phase has been announced we will be holding events on the borough to encourage people to consider a career in policing.