Domestic violence tops the violent crime table in Brent

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher - Credit: Archant

Two-thirds of violent crimes committed in the borough in the last year were incidents of domestic abuse, figures show.

According to the Met, domestic abuse accounted for 1,746 out of the 2,633 incidents that took place in Brent in the past year.

The shocking statistics have been released by Brent Police today to mark the launch of a new initiative clamping down on the borough’s worst violent criminals.

Operation Equinox will also specifically target domestic abuse offenders, violent gang members and wanted crime suspects and tackle pubs, nightclubs and takeaway shops in Brent where drunken violent brawls regularly take place.

The London-wide Met initiative will see every borough in London joining forces to carry out the coordinated crackdown.

Operations which will take part in Brent include targeted foot and vehicle patrols, the use of Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and traffic patrols, visits to licensed premises and fast food shops and joint work with the Brent Council and the UK Border Agency.

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, Brent Police borough commander, said: “Brent Police is committed to reducing violent crime which can be particularly impactive on victims.

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“I am personally invested in listening to families where gang association is a problem and am focused on providing support to parents and enforcement where necessary.

“With our multi-agency partners my officers and I will coordinate a firm and resolute response to areas and individuals that are experiencing or perpetrating violent crime.”