March 23, 2007
BARRY MOVES ON
Chief Superintendent Barry Norman is moving on after four years as Islington's Borough Commander. He is leaving to take up a new and challenging role in Violent Crime Directorate.
Mr Norman's time at Islington has seen an 18% drop in crime on the borough. His proudest moments have been the re-opening of North London Mosque, Finsbury Park and overseeing the introduction of community policing throughout the borough.
In an interview for the Islington Gazette, Mr Norman said, "Working with the local authority to get the Finsbury Park mosque open again was probably top of the list.
"It's no longer this iconic place people associate with the difficult things with young Muslims. It's just another community centre and that?s a fantastic achievement.
Do read about my encounters with Barry outside the mosque here