LAST week I said I’d provide you with an update from Operation Big Wing, a London-wide operation of visible coordinated activity to cut crime and disrupt those who continue to cause harm to our communities. So, here is a brief overview of results.

Activity was driven by Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNT) with 45 planned operations completed involving more than 200 officers.

To support my local officers, Special Constabulary and Cadets, I received additional instructors and officers from Hendon Training College, the Safer Transport Command and office based departments.

This is all part of the continued emphasis to ensure more frontline police officer’s are visible within the community. Some headline results: 25 arrests in total for various offences including, robbery, drugs supply and burglary.

Of note, is a routine arrest for a relatively minor offence. When fingerprints were taken and cross-searched via the national database a suspect was identified for a residential burglary in Ellerslie Gardens, Willesden, from 2003.

This suspect has since been charged with two burglaries and failing to comply with a drug treatment order and remanded in custody.

More than 300 enforcement visits to local pubs, off-licences, bookmakers, pawnbrokers and scrap yards were completed, ensuring compliance with legislation and licensing conditions in conjunction with partners from Trading Standards, UK Border Agency and the Community Safety Partnership.

More than 30 offences were reported for summons and prosecution. Continuing our focus on uninsured vehicles and the inherent link with crime and public safety, officers conducted an intelligence led Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operation, stopping more than 80 vehicles and seizing four for driving with no insurance.

Targeted anti-social behaviour (ASB) patrols took place across the borough at known hotspots, responding to local community requests in Mapesbury, Brondesbury, Sudbury, Dudden Hill and Kilburn Wards.

Operation Carpathian is a continued initiative to tackle burglary and ASB in Brondesbury, Mapesbury and Dollis Hill wards in conjunction with Barnet police and local stakeholders, including Cricklewood Improvement Programme, in response to community concerns. The team led by Brondesbury SNT Sergeant Rob Gibbs are conducting intelligence-led high visibility patrols, targeting key locations, enforcement visits to known offenders and conducting search warrants to detect and disrupt criminal activity.

In the past two weeks there have been a total of eight arrests, offences including robbery, handling stolen goods, possession of offensive weapon and drug related offences. More than 150 stop and searches have been completed, which has led to a knife and drugs being recovered. Three premises search warrants have been conducted, directly linked to community intelligence.

An update on the continued Smartwater pilot at Brent – the Harlesden saturation area continues to see significant reductions (year-on-year, an 85 per cent reduction).

Smartwater is just one tactic we use to tackle the challenge of burglary.

Let me be clear, my officers will seize any opportunity to prevent, arrest and disrupt offenders to make Brent the safest borough in MPS.

My team continue to work relentlessly to achieve all our key targets, with current reductions for priority crime such as burglary (down 7.8 per cent), which equates to 212 less victims, and robbery (down 33 per cent), which means 631 less victims year on year.

If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable, a cadet, or a volunteer, find more information in the Careers section of the Metropolitan Police website at

For more information on Neighbourhood Watch, see or ask your local Safer Neighbourhoods police team. Please view our website, Wanted Wednesday – police would like to hear from anyone who may know of any of the subjects’ whereabouts.

If you have any information contact the Brent’s Wanted Offenders Unit on 020 8733 3092 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Follow us on Twitter: @MPSBrent.