Twelve additional police officers have hit the streets in Brent in a scheme designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough.
Under the scheme, Brent Council will provide funding for six additional police officers and the Metropolitan Police will fund the other six officers for a period of two years.
All twelve additional police officers, known as the Partnership Tasking Team, will focus on creating a safer borough by tackling issues which residents have told the council they want to see prioritised, including tackling violent crime, gangs and anti-social behaviour.
A Full Council meeting in February saw councillors overwhelmingly back budget proposals for 2017/18, which included new funding for the Met Patrol Plus scheme in the borough. This followed a decision made by Cabinet in November 2016, which also backed the scheme.
Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
“This is great news for the borough and marks an important step in our efforts to deliver our safer Brent programme for local residents.
“The introduction of these twelve new officers onto our borough’s streets sends a clear message; violent crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated here in Brent.”