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Harrow police and community consultative group holds last meeting
A police community consultative group which has served Harrow for 30 years held its last meeting yesterday evening.
The Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group met for its final meeting at Harrow Borough Council last night for an update on policing in the borough.
From April the group will be replaced by the Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board.
Chairman of last night’s meeting Subhasg V Sampat said: “I would like to thank all those who have helped the group.
“I am very proud of the work of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group over the last 30 years.
“We do have some concerns about the new Safer Neighbourhood Board but we have to recognise there has to be changes.
“What is important is that the public are able to hold the police to account and we hope they will be able to under the new board."
Committee member Sonoo Malkani said: “We should be a concerned friend of the police to give constructing criticism.
“I think we understand time have to change and it is important we are patient with the new system and we give it a chance.
“We want to be part of the process and I am sure we will be.”
The new Safer Neighbourhood Boards are being introduced in all boroughs across the capital by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Harrow Council will be conducting interviews with potential board members who have applied during the past three months.
It will include 12 members of the public, two councillors, two representatives from the youth parliament and member of staff from Victim Support.
It will be responsible for monitoring performance of the police, support the council's neighbourhood Champions scheme and raise crime problems with police.
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