LAST week's £200,000 haul of cannabis from a former nightclub in Harlesden underlines the importance of community policing in Brent.
It was one of the biggest drug busts ever in the borough, with more than 2,000 illegal plants being taken off the streets - but was only possible thanks to residents tipping off members of their safer neighbourhoods team.
The fear of crime is rife in and around Brent, yet more and more people are being reassured thanks to the trusting relationships they are building with the PCs and PCSOs, who patrol their streets on a daily basis.
When people see the familiar face of a policeman they are more likely to inform them about crime or problems in their ward.
And the recent find is a perfect example of the end result.
The smallest piece of information can lead to the capture some of the most prolific criminals, so more and more residents should make an effort to meet and converse with their safer neighbourhoods officers.
Put health first
COUNCIL bureaucracy is a thorn in the side of many people and the story of Rocky Fernandez is a prime example of how it can totally gazump common sense.
Mr Fernandez is slowly recovering from cancer and it is clear that builders moving in to build a loft conversion above his ground floor flat will cause him undue levels of stress.
The council says its job is to grant applications based solely on planning matters.
But what is stopping it putting a clause into the conditions to say that work cannot start until the ill resident has been re-homed?
Planning matters are not as black and white as the council makes out and there are always a number of outside factors that need to be taken into account.