Harrow Borough Council racism investigation cost £15,000

Council racism investigation cost £15,000

Council racism investigation cost £15,000

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A total of £15,000 of taxpayers’ money was spent by Harrow Borough Council on an investigation into institutional racism.

The figure was revealed by a Freedom of Information request from former council candidate Dr Pravin Shah into the investigation by former police borough commander Dal Babu earlier this year.

The three-week investigation, set up by then leader of the council Susan Hall, officially found no evidence of institutional racism at the authority.

The investigation was called for by the Independent Labour Group, which said it had evidence of 30 members of staff who had experienced institutional racism.

However during the time of the review no member of the group came forward with any evidence of institutional racism.

Mr Babu did make nine recommendations to the council to build on employee relations and to meet the council’s goal of having a workforce representative of the Harrow community.

In reply to the request, Harrow Borough Council said: “The cost of the investigation was £15,000, which is the fixed price agreed with the Investigator for the review work, and additional costs not exceeding £600 for such things as off-site room hire.”

Dr Shah and former councillor Husain Akhtar, are both now part of the Harrow Monitoring Group.

The group said: “We deplore the waste of public money on the investigation that adds nothing to what was already known.”

Mr Akhtar added: “We repeatedly reminded the Harrow Council that if it takes its duty and equalities policy seriously and really wishes to investigate the allegations of racism, they need to do it objectively and not as a politically processed paper exercise to please some.”

A spokesman for Harrow Council said: “Harrow Council takes its equalities policy very seriously, so when allegations of racism inside the organisation were made, we had a clear duty to investigate them.

“To do that in a thorough and independent way, we commissioned a former senior police officer with a national track record in diversity and race issues.

“The investigation involved sifting claims and sensitive information around various alleged incidents and interviewing a number of staff.

“The fee agreed was proposed by the successful candidate and was a one-off cost for delivering a comprehensive report in a limited timescale.

“Other candidates proposed a longer timescale and consequently a higher fee. We believe the cost agreed strikes a fair balance between the obligation to investigate serious allegations and the need to limit costs for the taxpayer.”

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11:05pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

It seems you are damned if you do and damned if you don't---no matter what ---when it comes to Pravin Shah's appraisal of Harrow Council's investigation on alleged Racism within the Authority.

It does,however,make one wonder how he could be so dismissive of the findings and recommendations of a competent former Borough Commander and a senior Met Police Officer,of the standing of Dal Babu,who had engaged most successfully with all our citizens during his tenure in Harrow not long back.I am amazed to hear Mr Akhtar's viewpoints and his lack of trust in Dal Babu's judgement or credentials,especial
ly in this field.He should know better!

Dal Babu's list of recommendations high-lights areas which need considerable work.The report does not treat this serious subject matter in a flippant manner.I suggest the public get a link to read the full report from the Council web-site and see what has been very carefully set out in great detail, to help protect the Local Authority as well as its employees from such allegations in the future.

It's all very well to say we knew all this anyway and need not have paid out but the Local Authority are under an obligation to conduct these matters formally.

It would be far more useful if we followed and put into practice the recommendations made so that the culture within the Council is made more hospitable and one which would promote more effective working.
It seems you are damned if you do and damned if you don't---no matter what ---when it comes to Pravin Shah's appraisal of Harrow Council's investigation on alleged Racism within the Authority. It does,however,make one wonder how he could be so dismissive of the findings and recommendations of a competent former Borough Commander and a senior Met Police Officer,of the standing of Dal Babu,who had engaged most successfully with all our citizens during his tenure in Harrow not long back.I am amazed to hear Mr Akhtar's viewpoints and his lack of trust in Dal Babu's judgement or credentials,especial ly in this field.He should know better! Dal Babu's list of recommendations high-lights areas which need considerable work.The report does not treat this serious subject matter in a flippant manner.I suggest the public get a link to read the full report from the Council web-site and see what has been very carefully set out in great detail, to help protect the Local Authority as well as its employees from such allegations in the future. It's all very well to say we knew all this anyway and need not have paid out but the Local Authority are under an obligation to conduct these matters formally. It would be far more useful if we followed and put into practice the recommendations made so that the culture within the Council is made more hospitable and one which would promote more effective working. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -10

2:00am Tue 3 Jun 14

jackdaw says...

The comment by Husain Akhtar is a bit rich considering he was found to have behaved badly by the Standards Committee. I quote from a Harrow Times article of April 2014.

"A councillor has been found in breach of Harrow Borough Council’s code of conduct for harassing another councillor and making false allegations."

Husain Akhtar is said to be part of the Harrow Monitoring group. How can someone who has been found guilty of bad behaviour in public life sit in judgement on anyone?

The investigation by the Council was an official one. The Harrow Monitoring group is a self styled organisation answerable to no one.
The comment by Husain Akhtar is a bit rich considering he was found to have behaved badly by the Standards Committee. I quote from a Harrow Times article of April 2014. "A councillor has been found in breach of Harrow Borough Council’s code of conduct for harassing another councillor and making false allegations." Husain Akhtar is said to be part of the Harrow Monitoring group. How can someone who has been found guilty of bad behaviour in public life sit in judgement on anyone? The investigation by the Council was an official one. The Harrow Monitoring group is a self styled organisation answerable to no one. jackdaw
  • Score: 0

9:56am Fri 6 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Mr Babu runs to the bank to cash his cheque before tax payers realise weve been fleeced yet again by some one who was paid a handsome salary for sitting in his ivory towers and also a handsome pension also... chicken feed to him....
Mr Babu runs to the bank to cash his cheque before tax payers realise weve been fleeced yet again by some one who was paid a handsome salary for sitting in his ivory towers and also a handsome pension also... chicken feed to him.... diligaf
  • Score: 4

9:47am Sat 7 Jun 14

pravinshah1 says...

jackdaw, Do you know the meaning of "monitoring"?

You should know that all monitoring groups are self styled and not answerable to any political parties as they are there to bring out correct information to the public. That is why they are self funded and no public funds are used by them. Amnesty International is one such group.

The Harrow Monitoring group is proud that it is not affiliated to any political or public organisation as it can expose any wrongdoings to the public by anyone.
jackdaw, Do you know the meaning of "monitoring"? You should know that all monitoring groups are self styled and not answerable to any political parties as they are there to bring out correct information to the public. That is why they are self funded and no public funds are used by them. Amnesty International is one such group. The Harrow Monitoring group is proud that it is not affiliated to any political or public organisation as it can expose any wrongdoings to the public by anyone. pravinshah1
  • Score: -4

12:43pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jackdaw says...

Quote
"The Harrow Monitoring group is proud that it is not affiliated to any political or public organisation as it can expose any wrongdoings to the public by anyone"

Who is monitoring the Harrow Monitoring group? Your member Husain Akhtar was found to have breached standards in public life by the Standards Committee. I quote from a Harrow Times article of April 2014.

"A councillor has been found in breach of Harrow Borough Council’s code of conduct for harassing another councillor and making false allegations."

How can Husain Akhtar, who obviously has no idea of good behaviour, possibly monitor anybody? His free time seems to be spent downloading pictures of women in swimsuits and passing them off as a young lady councillor to cause maximum embarrassment.

How would he like it if a picture of Borat in a lime green mankini was downloaded and distributed to all and sundry as Husain Akhtar? However , he need not worry about this happening because harrow folk are too decent to do something so despicable.
Quote "The Harrow Monitoring group is proud that it is not affiliated to any political or public organisation as it can expose any wrongdoings to the public by anyone" Who is monitoring the Harrow Monitoring group? Your member Husain Akhtar was found to have breached standards in public life by the Standards Committee. I quote from a Harrow Times article of April 2014. "A councillor has been found in breach of Harrow Borough Council’s code of conduct for harassing another councillor and making false allegations." How can Husain Akhtar, who obviously has no idea of good behaviour, possibly monitor anybody? His free time seems to be spent downloading pictures of women in swimsuits and passing them off as a young lady councillor to cause maximum embarrassment. How would he like it if a picture of Borat in a lime green mankini was downloaded and distributed to all and sundry as Husain Akhtar? However , he need not worry about this happening because harrow folk are too decent to do something so despicable. jackdaw
  • Score: 4

1:01am Sun 8 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

All our police officers are entitled to their pension and any other legitimate earningsTo say otherwise,is simply ludicrous.

Dal Babu was given the job of investigating the serious charge of Racism within Harrow Council .Its high time we stopped attacking those who have served our Borough very diligently and helped keep us out of harm's way.

Do people realise how much he did to prevent the London riots spreading through our borough?Some of us seem to have very selective memories.
All our police officers are entitled to their pension and any other legitimate earningsTo say otherwise,is simply ludicrous. Dal Babu was given the job of investigating the serious charge of Racism within Harrow Council .Its high time we stopped attacking those who have served our Borough very diligently and helped keep us out of harm's way. Do people realise how much he did to prevent the London riots spreading through our borough?Some of us seem to have very selective memories. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -7

7:00pm Sun 8 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Sonny he did nothing to prevent the riots... for gods sake they where in other parts of London NOT HARROW... Wake up and smell the humous!!
Sonny he did nothing to prevent the riots... for gods sake they where in other parts of London NOT HARROW... Wake up and smell the humous!! diligaf
  • Score: 3

10:23pm Sun 8 Jun 14

jackdaw says...

The reason why there were no riots in Harrow was because of the good policing which was spearheaded by Dal Babu. There was a dispersal order in place which covered Harrow town centre through to Wealdstone.

Any trouble makers were quickly removed from the area. If this preventative policing had not taken place we would also have had riots in Harrow.
The reason why there were no riots in Harrow was because of the good policing which was spearheaded by Dal Babu. There was a dispersal order in place which covered Harrow town centre through to Wealdstone. Any trouble makers were quickly removed from the area. If this preventative policing had not taken place we would also have had riots in Harrow. jackdaw
  • Score: -2

4:31am Mon 9 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Jackdaw you are talking utter rubbish just like sonny, Mr Bobu didnt spear head anything like many others and more that will proceed him, the disperals area is in weladstone granted no where else and if there was is there enough of our good old fashioned bobbies on the beat to enforce it? Do you know this to be true? trouble makers quickly rmeoved from the area Lol, your are as brainwashed as sonny, if you say it enough you will believe it, safer harrow safer harrow safer harrow repeat after me now....
Jackdaw you are talking utter rubbish just like sonny, Mr Bobu didnt spear head anything like many others and more that will proceed him, the disperals area is in weladstone granted no where else and if there was is there enough of our good old fashioned bobbies on the beat to enforce it? Do you know this to be true? trouble makers quickly rmeoved from the area Lol, your are as brainwashed as sonny, if you say it enough you will believe it, safer harrow safer harrow safer harrow repeat after me now.... diligaf
  • Score: 2

9:24am Mon 9 Jun 14

jackdaw says...

Dilgaf
Your information about the dispersal order is WRONG. I hope you do not doubt the veracity of the Harrow Times reporter who compiled the report!
I quote from the Harrow Times archives:

"We successfully dispersed groups of youths who undoubtedly were out to cause trouble. We were able to do this because we have two dispersal zones covering Harrow Town Centre and Wealdstone Town Centre. This arrangement, which was in place before the disorder, was jointly agreed with Harrow Council and gives us the powers to disperse groups of youths, forbidding them to return to the area within 24 hours. Anyone disobeying this order faces a fine of £2,500 of three months imprisonment. The dispersal order also allows us to take home anyone under the age of 16 to their parents , a tactic which was regularly used by my officers last week. I was amazed by the amount of young people as young as seven out on the streets on their own.

Finally we have worked very closely with Harrow Council and partners this week, ensuring that the right "
Dilgaf Your information about the dispersal order is WRONG. I hope you do not doubt the veracity of the Harrow Times reporter who compiled the report! I quote from the Harrow Times archives: "We successfully dispersed groups of youths who undoubtedly were out to cause trouble. We were able to do this because we have two dispersal zones covering Harrow Town Centre and Wealdstone Town Centre. This arrangement, which was in place before the disorder, was jointly agreed with Harrow Council and gives us the powers to disperse groups of youths, forbidding them to return to the area within 24 hours. Anyone disobeying this order faces a fine of £2,500 of three months imprisonment. The dispersal order also allows us to take home anyone under the age of 16 to their parents , a tactic which was regularly used by my officers last week. I was amazed by the amount of young people as young as seven out on the streets on their own. Finally we have worked very closely with Harrow Council and partners this week, ensuring that the right " jackdaw
  • Score: 1

5:14pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

I cannot believe the sheer non-sense DILIGAF has posted about Dal Babu's contribution during the riot torn days and nights London suffered in 2010.It's no good indulging in calling everybody derogatory names when he obviously has no personal knowledge or experience of what happened in Harrow during a very tense time. Little knowledge is dangerous!

Barnet,our sister borough experienced problems which we were spared, mainly because of the excellent manner in which our Borough Commander responded,along with hard-working police officers---Police Community Support Officers in particular.In fact,though he lived in Haringey he made it his job to be in Harrow,day and night,well beyond the hours required by the top cop to ensure we were kept out of harm's way.He often arrived at meetings red-eyed,sleeping in his office at South Harrow Police Station,for a couple of hours every night.

We held daily early morning meetings of the Safer Harrow Management Board led by the Chief Executive Michael Lockwood ,Harrow Council,and the Borough Commander,Dal Babu,throughout the troubled period of rioting in London.All the Statutory Groups responsible for our Safety and Community Cohesion attended.I was the only voluntary member,representing the community of Harrow representing the HPCCG.It was most rewarding to see how quickly ideas and suggestions made by somebody of my humble standing----a citizen of Harrow---were taken up and implemented.

For example,the briefing of Neighbourhood Champions and Faith Groups to keep their local communities in the know---re-assuring them we had matters robustly under control.Many simple suggestions to promote confidence and re-assurance were also implemented by the Borough Commander.Messages via the local Press and social media were updated throughout the day.No holds were barred.

Dal Babu went out on foot patrols with the troops and made sure all his instructions were being implemented double quick.As the Chair of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group,I was kept closely informed about possible developments,along with leaders of Faith and Community groups/impending.

I remember clearly he spoke with the traders in our Town Centre to close their shops and hour earlier when he had intelligence about the real threat to their windows being smashed and other anti-social activities from potential rioters.I emphaise,this was based on intelligence received.Our traders thankfully co-operated and we successfully avoided a riot torn Town Centre.

DILIGAF may not be grateful but ask other Londoners,especially in Tottenham and other riot-ridden boroughs what they might not have given to escape the dreadful experiences which still affect their daily lives very powerfully.

Having a dispersal zone already in place in our Town Centre helped enormously since it meant trouble-makers /groups of youths could be ordered to leave and not return for at least 24 hours.This also applied to Wealdstone and turned out to be a God-send.

Additionally,the Street Pastors who were introduced by Dal Babu performed an excellent service,as they do this this day.His excellent community engagement skills brought dividends for our Police,with local community groups providing sustenance and hot drinks for the weary troopers.Do not under-estimate the value of all the OUTREACH work put in.His passion for engaging warmly with our diverse communities cannot be sufficiently praised.

Our Youth Officers also,under his direction,provided the kind of service which only they could have provided with their expertise in dealing with young lads and their counter-parts.

Many more actions were taken "behind the scenes" by him which helped keep us cohesive and strong enough to keep these rioters at bay.I shudder to think of what happened in another sister borough---Ealing! The images springing to mind are still most disturbing.

I might also like to remind DILIGAF and others with a similar mind-set,that it was DAL BABU who successfully helped defend our Harrow Central Mosque,literally days after arriving in Harrow as the new Borough Commander.We cannot thank our police enough for keeping under control the EDF and UDL and other groups ,resulting in keeping violence off our streets.

His decision to quickly get assistance from New Scotland Yard and address the Faith Groups and Community leaders from Day One was a most successful,strategy and one which helped us all pull together as ONE FAMILY --keeping out trouble-makers of every ilk.This is our policy to date.

I respectfully suggest ,that people with a similar mind-set to that of DILGAF wake up and realise that the ravings and rantings Diligaf spouts against people he personally dislikes, only make us recoil and distance ourselves from the untruths which HE uses at every given opportunity.It is HE who is trying to brainwash unsuspecting individuals.

I expect he will be bored stiff to have the true story told.Too bad!He asked for it!No doubt he will probably resort to his normal abusive comments.

Just for the record,the MPA(Metropolitan Police Authority) which has re-grouped as the MOPAC(Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime)was so impressed by what had been achieved in Harrow ---only TEN out of 32 London Boroughs were not involved in the riots--that they sent a senior officer to attend one of our Joint Safer Neighbourhood Meetings making Dal Babu and his Chief Inspectors accountable,myself Chairing for the HPCCG.
She was bowled over by the informal manner in which the meeting was conducted and the trust displayed by members of public who actively participated.Harrow was used as a model to emulate.a

The lady was so impressed with the manner in which we engaged with the Senior Management of Harrow Police that she went back and reported how effective we were.She was there to learn how we had managed to keep rioters out of Harrow.You will be happy to hear that we came out top of the league,in particular in North West London.That is a feather in Dal Bab's cap!


I humbly thank all those who pulled out all the stops to save our bacon.I sincerely hope my mini-visual of what really happened in Harrow helps us to separate baseless comments from true happenings

Hope this will help critics to come to terms with the reality and not pour scorn on the very people who have helped keep our borough safe.Let TRUTH prevail!
I cannot believe the sheer non-sense DILIGAF has posted about Dal Babu's contribution during the riot torn days and nights London suffered in 2010.It's no good indulging in calling everybody derogatory names when he obviously has no personal knowledge or experience of what happened in Harrow during a very tense time. Little knowledge is dangerous! Barnet,our sister borough experienced problems which we were spared, mainly because of the excellent manner in which our Borough Commander responded,along with hard-working police officers---Police Community Support Officers in particular.In fact,though he lived in Haringey he made it his job to be in Harrow,day and night,well beyond the hours required by the top cop to ensure we were kept out of harm's way.He often arrived at meetings red-eyed,sleeping in his office at South Harrow Police Station,for a couple of hours every night. We held daily early morning meetings of the Safer Harrow Management Board led by the Chief Executive Michael Lockwood ,Harrow Council,and the Borough Commander,Dal Babu,throughout the troubled period of rioting in London.All the Statutory Groups responsible for our Safety and Community Cohesion attended.I was the only voluntary member,representing the community of Harrow representing the HPCCG.It was most rewarding to see how quickly ideas and suggestions made by somebody of my humble standing----a citizen of Harrow---were taken up and implemented. For example,the briefing of Neighbourhood Champions and Faith Groups to keep their local communities in the know---re-assuring them we had matters robustly under control.Many simple suggestions to promote confidence and re-assurance were also implemented by the Borough Commander.Messages via the local Press and social media were updated throughout the day.No holds were barred. Dal Babu went out on foot patrols with the troops and made sure all his instructions were being implemented double quick.As the Chair of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group,I was kept closely informed about possible developments,along with leaders of Faith and Community groups/impending. I remember clearly he spoke with the traders in our Town Centre to close their shops and hour earlier when he had intelligence about the real threat to their windows being smashed and other anti-social activities from potential rioters.I emphaise,this was based on intelligence received.Our traders thankfully co-operated and we successfully avoided a riot torn Town Centre. DILIGAF may not be grateful but ask other Londoners,especially in Tottenham and other riot-ridden boroughs what they might not have given to escape the dreadful experiences which still affect their daily lives very powerfully. Having a dispersal zone already in place in our Town Centre helped enormously since it meant trouble-makers /groups of youths could be ordered to leave and not return for at least 24 hours.This also applied to Wealdstone and turned out to be a God-send. Additionally,the Street Pastors who were introduced by Dal Babu performed an excellent service,as they do this this day.His excellent community engagement skills brought dividends for our Police,with local community groups providing sustenance and hot drinks for the weary troopers.Do not under-estimate the value of all the OUTREACH work put in.His passion for engaging warmly with our diverse communities cannot be sufficiently praised. Our Youth Officers also,under his direction,provided the kind of service which only they could have provided with their expertise in dealing with young lads and their counter-parts. Many more actions were taken "behind the scenes" by him which helped keep us cohesive and strong enough to keep these rioters at bay.I shudder to think of what happened in another sister borough---Ealing! The images springing to mind are still most disturbing. I might also like to remind DILIGAF and others with a similar mind-set,that it was DAL BABU who successfully helped defend our Harrow Central Mosque,literally days after arriving in Harrow as the new Borough Commander.We cannot thank our police enough for keeping under control the EDF and UDL and other groups ,resulting in keeping violence off our streets. His decision to quickly get assistance from New Scotland Yard and address the Faith Groups and Community leaders from Day One was a most successful,strategy and one which helped us all pull together as ONE FAMILY --keeping out trouble-makers of every ilk.This is our policy to date. I respectfully suggest ,that people with a similar mind-set to that of DILGAF wake up and realise that the ravings and rantings Diligaf spouts against people he personally dislikes, only make us recoil and distance ourselves from the untruths which HE uses at every given opportunity.It is HE who is trying to brainwash unsuspecting individuals. I expect he will be bored stiff to have the true story told.Too bad!He asked for it!No doubt he will probably resort to his normal abusive comments. Just for the record,the MPA(Metropolitan Police Authority) which has re-grouped as the MOPAC(Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime)was so impressed by what had been achieved in Harrow ---only TEN out of 32 London Boroughs were not involved in the riots--that they sent a senior officer to attend one of our Joint Safer Neighbourhood Meetings making Dal Babu and his Chief Inspectors accountable,myself Chairing for the HPCCG. She was bowled over by the informal manner in which the meeting was conducted and the trust displayed by members of public who actively participated.Harrow was used as a model to emulate.a The lady was so impressed with the manner in which we engaged with the Senior Management of Harrow Police that she went back and reported how effective we were.She was there to learn how we had managed to keep rioters out of Harrow.You will be happy to hear that we came out top of the league,in particular in North West London.That is a feather in Dal Bab's cap! I humbly thank all those who pulled out all the stops to save our bacon.I sincerely hope my mini-visual of what really happened in Harrow helps us to separate baseless comments from true happenings Hope this will help critics to come to terms with the reality and not pour scorn on the very people who have helped keep our borough safe.Let TRUTH prevail! Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -2

5:14pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

I cannot believe the sheer non-sense DILIGAF has posted about Dal Babu's contribution during the riot torn days and nights London suffered in 2010.It's no good indulging in calling everybody derogatory names when he obviously has no personal knowledge or experience of what happened in Harrow during a very tense time. Little knowledge is dangerous!

Barnet,our sister borough experienced problems which we were spared, mainly because of the excellent manner in which our Borough Commander responded,along with hard-working police officers---Police Community Support Officers in particular.In fact,though he lived in Haringey he made it his job to be in Harrow,day and night,well beyond the hours required by the top cop to ensure we were kept out of harm's way.He often arrived at meetings red-eyed,sleeping in his office at South Harrow Police Station,for a couple of hours every night.

We held daily early morning meetings of the Safer Harrow Management Board led by the Chief Executive Michael Lockwood ,Harrow Council,and the Borough Commander,Dal Babu,throughout the troubled period of rioting in London.All the Statutory Groups responsible for our Safety and Community Cohesion attended.I was the only voluntary member,representing the community of Harrow representing the HPCCG.It was most rewarding to see how quickly ideas and suggestions made by somebody of my humble standing----a citizen of Harrow---were taken up and implemented.

For example,the briefing of Neighbourhood Champions and Faith Groups to keep their local communities in the know---re-assuring them we had matters robustly under control.Many simple suggestions to promote confidence and re-assurance were also implemented by the Borough Commander.Messages via the local Press and social media were updated throughout the day.No holds were barred.

Dal Babu went out on foot patrols with the troops and made sure all his instructions were being implemented double quick.As the Chair of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group,I was kept closely informed about possible developments,along with leaders of Faith and Community groups/impending.

I remember clearly he spoke with the traders in our Town Centre to close their shops and hour earlier when he had intelligence about the real threat to their windows being smashed and other anti-social activities from potential rioters.I emphaise,this was based on intelligence received.Our traders thankfully co-operated and we successfully avoided a riot torn Town Centre.

DILIGAF may not be grateful but ask other Londoners,especially in Tottenham and other riot-ridden boroughs what they might not have given to escape the dreadful experiences which still affect their daily lives very powerfully.

Having a dispersal zone already in place in our Town Centre helped enormously since it meant trouble-makers /groups of youths could be ordered to leave and not return for at least 24 hours.This also applied to Wealdstone and turned out to be a God-send.

Additionally,the Street Pastors who were introduced by Dal Babu performed an excellent service,as they do this this day.His excellent community engagement skills brought dividends for our Police,with local community groups providing sustenance and hot drinks for the weary troopers.Do not under-estimate the value of all the OUTREACH work put in.His passion for engaging warmly with our diverse communities cannot be sufficiently praised.

Our Youth Officers also,under his direction,provided the kind of service which only they could have provided with their expertise in dealing with young lads and their counter-parts.

Many more actions were taken "behind the scenes" by him which helped keep us cohesive and strong enough to keep these rioters at bay.I shudder to think of what happened in another sister borough---Ealing! The images springing to mind are still most disturbing.

I might also like to remind DILIGAF and others with a similar mind-set,that it was DAL BABU who successfully helped defend our Harrow Central Mosque,literally days after arriving in Harrow as the new Borough Commander.We cannot thank our police enough for keeping under control the EDF and UDL and other groups ,resulting in keeping violence off our streets.

His decision to quickly get assistance from New Scotland Yard and address the Faith Groups and Community leaders from Day One was a most successful,strategy and one which helped us all pull together as ONE FAMILY --keeping out trouble-makers of every ilk.This is our policy to date.

I respectfully suggest ,that people with a similar mind-set to that of DILGAF wake up and realise that the ravings and rantings Diligaf spouts against people he personally dislikes, only make us recoil and distance ourselves from the untruths which HE uses at every given opportunity.It is HE who is trying to brainwash unsuspecting individuals.

I expect he will be bored stiff to have the true story told.Too bad!He asked for it!No doubt he will probably resort to his normal abusive comments.

Just for the record,the MPA(Metropolitan Police Authority) which has re-grouped as the MOPAC(Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime)was so impressed by what had been achieved in Harrow ---only TEN out of 32 London Boroughs were not involved in the riots--that they sent a senior officer to attend one of our Joint Safer Neighbourhood Meetings making Dal Babu and his Chief Inspectors accountable,myself Chairing for the HPCCG.
She was bowled over by the informal manner in which the meeting was conducted and the trust displayed by members of public who actively participated.Harrow was used as a model to emulate.a

The lady was so impressed with the manner in which we engaged with the Senior Management of Harrow Police that she went back and reported how effective we were.She was there to learn how we had managed to keep rioters out of Harrow.You will be happy to hear that we came out top of the league,in particular in North West London.That is a feather in Dal Bab's cap!


I humbly thank all those who pulled out all the stops to save our bacon.I sincerely hope my mini-visual of what really happened in Harrow helps us to separate baseless comments from true happenings

Hope this will help critics to come to terms with the reality and not pour scorn on the very people who have helped keep our borough safe.Let TRUTH prevail!
I cannot believe the sheer non-sense DILIGAF has posted about Dal Babu's contribution during the riot torn days and nights London suffered in 2010.It's no good indulging in calling everybody derogatory names when he obviously has no personal knowledge or experience of what happened in Harrow during a very tense time. Little knowledge is dangerous! Barnet,our sister borough experienced problems which we were spared, mainly because of the excellent manner in which our Borough Commander responded,along with hard-working police officers---Police Community Support Officers in particular.In fact,though he lived in Haringey he made it his job to be in Harrow,day and night,well beyond the hours required by the top cop to ensure we were kept out of harm's way.He often arrived at meetings red-eyed,sleeping in his office at South Harrow Police Station,for a couple of hours every night. We held daily early morning meetings of the Safer Harrow Management Board led by the Chief Executive Michael Lockwood ,Harrow Council,and the Borough Commander,Dal Babu,throughout the troubled period of rioting in London.All the Statutory Groups responsible for our Safety and Community Cohesion attended.I was the only voluntary member,representing the community of Harrow representing the HPCCG.It was most rewarding to see how quickly ideas and suggestions made by somebody of my humble standing----a citizen of Harrow---were taken up and implemented. For example,the briefing of Neighbourhood Champions and Faith Groups to keep their local communities in the know---re-assuring them we had matters robustly under control.Many simple suggestions to promote confidence and re-assurance were also implemented by the Borough Commander.Messages via the local Press and social media were updated throughout the day.No holds were barred. Dal Babu went out on foot patrols with the troops and made sure all his instructions were being implemented double quick.As the Chair of the Harrow Police and Community Consultative Group,I was kept closely informed about possible developments,along with leaders of Faith and Community groups/impending. I remember clearly he spoke with the traders in our Town Centre to close their shops and hour earlier when he had intelligence about the real threat to their windows being smashed and other anti-social activities from potential rioters.I emphaise,this was based on intelligence received.Our traders thankfully co-operated and we successfully avoided a riot torn Town Centre. DILIGAF may not be grateful but ask other Londoners,especially in Tottenham and other riot-ridden boroughs what they might not have given to escape the dreadful experiences which still affect their daily lives very powerfully. Having a dispersal zone already in place in our Town Centre helped enormously since it meant trouble-makers /groups of youths could be ordered to leave and not return for at least 24 hours.This also applied to Wealdstone and turned out to be a God-send. Additionally,the Street Pastors who were introduced by Dal Babu performed an excellent service,as they do this this day.His excellent community engagement skills brought dividends for our Police,with local community groups providing sustenance and hot drinks for the weary troopers.Do not under-estimate the value of all the OUTREACH work put in.His passion for engaging warmly with our diverse communities cannot be sufficiently praised. Our Youth Officers also,under his direction,provided the kind of service which only they could have provided with their expertise in dealing with young lads and their counter-parts. Many more actions were taken "behind the scenes" by him which helped keep us cohesive and strong enough to keep these rioters at bay.I shudder to think of what happened in another sister borough---Ealing! The images springing to mind are still most disturbing. I might also like to remind DILIGAF and others with a similar mind-set,that it was DAL BABU who successfully helped defend our Harrow Central Mosque,literally days after arriving in Harrow as the new Borough Commander.We cannot thank our police enough for keeping under control the EDF and UDL and other groups ,resulting in keeping violence off our streets. His decision to quickly get assistance from New Scotland Yard and address the Faith Groups and Community leaders from Day One was a most successful,strategy and one which helped us all pull together as ONE FAMILY --keeping out trouble-makers of every ilk.This is our policy to date. I respectfully suggest ,that people with a similar mind-set to that of DILGAF wake up and realise that the ravings and rantings Diligaf spouts against people he personally dislikes, only make us recoil and distance ourselves from the untruths which HE uses at every given opportunity.It is HE who is trying to brainwash unsuspecting individuals. I expect he will be bored stiff to have the true story told.Too bad!He asked for it!No doubt he will probably resort to his normal abusive comments. Just for the record,the MPA(Metropolitan Police Authority) which has re-grouped as the MOPAC(Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime)was so impressed by what had been achieved in Harrow ---only TEN out of 32 London Boroughs were not involved in the riots--that they sent a senior officer to attend one of our Joint Safer Neighbourhood Meetings making Dal Babu and his Chief Inspectors accountable,myself Chairing for the HPCCG. She was bowled over by the informal manner in which the meeting was conducted and the trust displayed by members of public who actively participated.Harrow was used as a model to emulate.a The lady was so impressed with the manner in which we engaged with the Senior Management of Harrow Police that she went back and reported how effective we were.She was there to learn how we had managed to keep rioters out of Harrow.You will be happy to hear that we came out top of the league,in particular in North West London.That is a feather in Dal Bab's cap! I humbly thank all those who pulled out all the stops to save our bacon.I sincerely hope my mini-visual of what really happened in Harrow helps us to separate baseless comments from true happenings Hope this will help critics to come to terms with the reality and not pour scorn on the very people who have helped keep our borough safe.Let TRUTH prevail! Sonoo Malkani
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7:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

diligaf says...

sonny as per the norm you spout rubbish after rubbish after rubbish
sonny as per the norm you spout rubbish after rubbish after rubbish diligaf
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8:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

jackdaw says...

diligaf

You spout rubbish. What is it that you do not understand? If you explain the words you have difficulty with we will be glad to explain them, You can also use the online dictionary to help you comprehend the comments.
diligaf You spout rubbish. What is it that you do not understand? If you explain the words you have difficulty with we will be glad to explain them, You can also use the online dictionary to help you comprehend the comments. jackdaw
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12:16am Tue 10 Jun 14

diligaf says...

jackstupid.... repeat after me safer harrow safer harrow safer harrow sqwuarks polly wana cracker :)
jackstupid.... repeat after me safer harrow safer harrow safer harrow sqwuarks polly wana cracker :) diligaf
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12:53am Tue 10 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Diligaf you are impossible and,predictably resort to abusing, when you know you are beaten.I rest my case!
Diligaf you are impossible and,predictably resort to abusing, when you know you are beaten.I rest my case! Sonoo Malkani
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8:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Soony oh how wrong you are I haven't even started yet I haven't even started, ooppss sound familiar? you always have to post twice to get your point across, senile or dementia? or both? :)
Soony oh how wrong you are I haven't even started yet I haven't even started, ooppss sound familiar? you always have to post twice to get your point across, senile or dementia? or both? :) diligaf
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