A report to fund an extra 12 police officers in Brent through the MetPatrol Plus scheme was discussed and approved by Brent Council's Cabinet last night.
A recent study conducted by the Council, which involved in-depth interviews with residents, partners and professionals in Brent, found that many in the Borough worry when they leave their houses at night or when their children leave school to go home. The majority felt that an increased number of uniformed police officers would make them feel safer.
The aim of the MetPatrol Plus scheme is to enhance police visibility in targeted areas and to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour. The scheme provides uniformed police officers with the council's Cabinet earmarking around £400,000 and the Met Police set to match that amount to deliver a dozen extra police onto the borough's streets. The agreement last night is subject to the budget being set in February.
Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"At Brent Council, the safety and wellbeing of residents is our top priority.
"Following a study commissioned by the Council, we understand that a high profile police presence plays an important role: not just in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, but in also ensuring that residents feel safe in our borough.
"I am pleased to be bringing this proposal forward - a clear sign to local residents that Brent Council is listening to their concerns and taking action. Our message is clear - we will not tolerate gangs or anti-social behaviour.
"These twelve additional police officers will be a high profile deterrent to anyone involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour. Working closely with local police, Brent Council will continue to work hard to ensure our community is a safe and welcoming place to live.
Brent Borough Superintendent - Nigel Quantrell, said:
"I am pleased to see that this report has been approved by Brent Council's Cabinet. The MetPatrol Plus scheme has been successfully used in other boroughs across London to reduce crime and make people feel safer. We hope that this trend will continue if the scheme is agreed and rolled out in Brent."