Last week Operation Hawk hit the streets of Brent, a number of activities instigated by information provided by members of the community were actioned by Police and partner agencies. Weapon sweeps were conducted, ANPR operations run and a number of uninsured vehicles were taken of the streets. Drug addresses were searched and Community Payback schemes were supervised by the probation service. A Passive drug dogs operation was held in Willesden green tube station and a knife carrying passenger on a bus was arrested. In total, 23 offenders were arrested. Hawk will be an on going operation to address local issues and concerns.
This week end following some good observational skills, your local police arrested two members of a distraction theft gang, who had stolen 37 mobile phones from concert goers. These individuals have been arrested, questioned, charged and kept in custody over the weekend, to go to court. Brent Police will not tolerate this type of criminal behaviour.
This week there has been some criticism of police in relation to the summer riots. My answer is that if there is well founded learning and criticism, we will listen. What kind of learning organisation would not? However, my view on the 274 criminals who were arrested as a result of the riots and were consequently asked why they did it, if given the opportunity to blame someone else, they will. Brent Police responded really well to the challenges of the summer disorder. We policed fairly, firmly and robustly where appropriate. We managed changing locations, crowds and dynamics extremely well and there was very little disorder. We responded swiftly with our partners on good community intelligence. Please remember Brent is a safe place to visit and live.
Christmas time is quickly approaching and sadly every year there are always those who seek to break into other people’s houses and steal property including Christmas presents. Please be vigilant around the Christmas period, keep doors and windows locked, don’t leave uncollected mail if you are away and remember to cancel milk. Lastly please stow away cardboard wrappings that protect your gifts, as this is a good indicator to burglars about what you have received. If you see something suspicious please dial 999. Should your require more Crime prevention advice please contact your Local safer neighbourhood team www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/. On a similar note if you want to receive email information from your safer neighbourhoods teams, please register on www.neighbourhoodlink.met.police.uk. If you do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you will have some quality time to spend with family and friends.
The Brent police partnership Unit has been working closely with local large stores, to reduce offending behaviour, improve security and confidence of both local businesses and communities.
This has included an innovative initiative, "Mystery Shoplifter", which involves local officers, volunteers and MSC testing the security and management systems of stores. The initiative was established with the consent of the stores management team.
The learning and findings were then subsequently fed back to the stores management; who invested resources and finance into rectifying the identified weaknesses and improving security. The initiative has resulted in some outstanding results including:
· Stores improving their CCTV to cover vulnerable locations, including areas vulnerable to internal theft
· Staff training to detect offenders
· Reduction in offences
· Property tagging systems reviewed.
This is one of many initiatives that volunteers are involved in. If you have some spare time and would like to become involved in joining ‘Team Brent’, please contact Mahmud on
On top of all this, last week Brent police arrested 246 people.