Police chief targets crackdown on violence
PUBLISHED: 15:28 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:28 07 October 2015
Officers will be using a range of tactics during October to target offenders and reduce the threat of physical harm
Bexley’s Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe has announced that police will be targeting violent offenders to tackle a traditional increase in these offences experienced across the area during October.
Officers will be using a range of tactics to target the offenders and reduce the threat of physical harm, including targeting those who commit violence within the home.
Resources will be deployed across a wide range of activities - from problem-solving and crime prevention initiatives within wards on the borough to an intensified focus on forensic retrieval and partnership work with licensed premises.
There will also be operations to track down outstanding offenders who are alleged to have committed violence or who are wanted by the courts.
Borough Commander Boothe said: “No level of violence is acceptable and we’re here to protect victims and bring to justice those who commit violent offences.
“We will be focusing on key times and places where intelligence points to the highest risk and will be proactively targeting known violent offenders, and stopping and searching people to detect and deter the carrying of weapons.
“We will also be targeting those who commit violence within the home. There is no place in London for domestic abuse and I want to reassure our residents that there is zero tolerance for it and all perpetrators will be dealt with swiftly.
“Domestic abuse is a cowardly crime that no-one should have to suffer. The Metropolitan Police Service remains committed to tackling all forms of domestic abuse whilst continually improving our services to victims and potential victims.
“Violence is unacceptable and we will continue to proactively identify, arrest and seek prosecution of offenders.
“If you are suffering from domestic abuse there are a number of ways you can report a crime to us. But if you feel you can’t tell the police, please tell someone who can help.”
Anyone who would like to report domestic abuse or speak to an officer for advice should call 999 in an emergency or Bexley’s Community Safety Unit on 101.