29 arrests in operation to tackle serious gang violence
7 October 2019
Last week, officers from the Metropolitan Police arrested 29 individuals and executed a number of warrants at residential addresses across Brent. The activity, which took place on Wednesday (2nd) and Thursday (3rd), was part of Project Salus, a long-running proactive operation to tackle serious gang violence.
Working on intelligence, officers visited 34 addresses to arrest individuals known to be involved in the supply of class A drugs and gang violence. Officers then executed a further 18 warrants where 15 people were arrested for drugs supply offences.
Since the inception of Project Salus in December 2018 over 160 people have been arrested, of which 80 percent have been charged.
North West BCU Commander, Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, said: “I have been talking and listening to local residents and members of the community who have been very vocal in raising their concerns about the violence they have seen playing out on their roads and outside their homes.
"I hope that today’s results reassure them that local and specialist officers are committed to reducing violence and taking these dangerous individuals off our streets and gathering evidence that will secure their convictions.
“This has been a long and thorough project that has been based on pro-active intelligence gathered by officers, however I am sure there are residents and family members who have more information that could help us make our operations even more robust and tackle violence and drugs even better.
“I would ask local residents to call police with any information they may have that could help us convict these dangerous people. If you would prefer not to contact police, then you can anonymously contact Crimestoppers and Fearless – two independent charity who will not ask for your name and cannot trace your call or IP address.”
Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety at Brent Council, said: “I would like to thank the Police. This is a significant result for residents and the culmination of a lot of hard work.
“We are committed to working closely with our Police counterparts and supporting operations like this. Whether through our CCTV network, by cracking down on those who engage in low-level anti-social behaviour, or by making better use of city planning to ‘design out’ crime. On Monday we kicked off a joint week of action focusing on hotspot areas and, in the coming months, we will be looking at changes we can make to public spaces to deter criminals.”
A/Detective Superintendent Jim McKee, who has overseen Project Salus, adds: “The aim of this project has been to target gang members responsible for stabbings and shootings in the area and to seriously disrupt and dismantle their networks selling drugs.
“Many of the individuals we are targeting are people involved in the most serious violent crimes and are operating dangerous drugs lines.
“Officers have been working around the clock to ensure that this project has been successful in tackling violence and we are extremely pleased with the hard work and dedication that all of them have shown.”
Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 / www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Fearless can be contacted via their website: www.fearless.org
If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.