Call for community to join in estate weapon sweeps in Barking and Dagenham
Residents of the borough are being urged to help play their part in tackling violent crime – by assisting police in two community safety sweeps to search for hidden weapons and to discuss any safety concerns about the area.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police estates team and Barking and Dagenham council will be carrying out the searches as part of a wider campaign to clampdown on dangerous weapons being used on the streets.
The team will also be reviewing the safety of areas, including highlighting any potential spots for additional CCTV camera sites and listening to residents’ worries.
Volunteers are being sought to help with the joint operation, which will take place on Thursday 13 December in Barking town centre and Dagenham Heathway.
Only way we will ever solve his problem for good is by working together
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, urged everyone to come along if they can. “While there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to tackle the issue, the only way we will ever solve this problem for good is by working together as one borough, one community.
“Everyone is invited along, so if you have some spare time, whether it is two minutes or two hours, come and help us find and take these deadly devices off our streets,” said Cllr Mullane.
The sweeps will take place between 10am and 12 noon in Barking, and 1pm until 2pm in Dagenham. Anyone interested in joining in should meet at Barking station or Dagenham Heathway station at the allotted time.