I am only a few weeks in to leading the policing of Haringey and I continue to learn about the borough everyday. I would like to use this blog to keep you up to date and informed about local policing issues. I have already been struck by what a vibrant and positive community this is, where the vast majority of people want to do what they can to make it the best possible place to live.
That’s why I’ve been really disappointed to see inaccurate speculation in the media that we are expecting problems in the borough over the coming weeks and particularly on 6 August when commemoration events will take place to mark the death of Mark Duggan.
It is an easy story to write on the back of last week's issues but I want to be really clear that we are not expecting problems. It is really unhelpful and unsettling for the local community of Haringey to see their Borough talked about in that way, in fact it fuels rumour and concern.
I wanted to let everyone know what we are doing in preparation for policing the commemoration events. We are in contact with the organisers to facilitate a peaceful commemoration, and neither the organisers or us are expecting disorder. We are focused on the safety of the local community and those involved in the event. Police officers will be present, to ensure that the event is peaceful and to provide reassurance to local communities. Your neighbourhood officers will be happy to speak to you about any concerns you might have, so please do feel free to contact them.
We want Londoners to enjoy summer safely and responsibly, so please take care and play your part in ensuring our borough remains a fantastic place to live, to work and to visit. We know the people of Haringey want the best for their borough and I as your Borough Commander want to play a part in making that happen.