A conference for professionals, community ambassadors and partnership groups in Brent to discuss gang violence and how they can all work together to tackle it took place yesterday (11 July 2016) at the Brent Civic Centre.
The aim of the conference, entitled 'Stopping Gang Violence - Building a stronger community in Brent', was to make partners across Brent aware of the partnership work that is currently taking place to tackle gang violence and to provide them with an opportunity to work together to identify gaps in the current approach and discuss solutions.
The conference was opened by Dawn Butler MP and throughout the morning there were presentations from a number of professionals and organisations including Brent Council Community Protection, Cllr Michael Pavey - Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Brent Metropolitan Police Service, a community ambassador, Catalyst Housing, St Giles Trust, Capital Conflict Management, Newman Catholic College and the College of North West London. The conference was closed by Chief Executive of Brent Council - Carolyn Downs.
Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"Gang violence is an absolute blight on our communities. But this isn't a problem the Council or the Police can solve alone. All the agencies in Brent need to pull together and work with the community to end this.
"This conference was a great start in building lasting solutions to this terrible problem."