The voices of 2,000 residents heard by Brent Police

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher

Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher - Credit: Archant

This week I want to highlight a significant piece of work undertaken by officers in Brent, and across the Met, aimed at listening to a million Londoners – specifically those who are not normally heard.

As well as seeking views from those attending events and public gatherings our officers and staff are using a whole range of other means to connect with communities – including messages on social media; contacts through partner agencies, and broadcasts on community radio stations.

This week alone my officers and staff engaged with over 2,000 people, and increased the number of followers on Twitter to over 4,000.

Officers from Willesden Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team held a “meet the cops afternoon” at Willesden Green Underground station.

This was well received by local residents and over 300 home security packs were handed out – along with information about home security needs. In addition, they handed out over 50 Listening Survey sheets.

The listening survey asks the following questions, which I would encourage all readers to respond to: ? In terms of policing, are there any concerns you would like to raise?

? Please provide any positive feedback on local policing?

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? Please leave an email and phone number to receive news of police and community events in Brent. We would like to keep you informed of local policing updates. You can follow us on Twitter @MPSBrent or on our website at www.met.police.uk/brent

? Are you a Brent resident? (If so, please provide your address).

Please respond to Mahmud.rahim@met.police.uk by email, or in writing at one of our police stations, or by post (marking all correspondence for the attention of Mahmud Rahim)

In addition to the event in Willesden, officers from Brent’s Safer Transport Team have been giving out travel safety advice.

Further contacts were also made at a recent meeting of the Brent Police Interfaith Forum – with representatives from the Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Christian faiths in attendance.

There are a number of community events coming up. The Brent Skyride Event is one and a safety talk for disabled people at the Millennium Day Centre is another. I would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and let us have your views.

On the subject of forthcoming events, my officers will be supporting the Jewish community during the celebration of High Holy Days, which run from Wednesday, September 24 to Friday, October 17.

We will provide support and reassurance at the six synagogues on the borough during services.

This is to make sure that this celebration, for the Jewish community, is safe and enjoyable for all of those involved.

I want to conclude this week with a good news story. Earlier this year, officers executed a search warrant at an address in Stonebridge and discovered a large quantity of cash and drugs. As a result of this, the occupants of that address were evicted.

My message to criminals operating in Brent is a simple one – Brent police will use every tool available to them to make the borough a safer place.