Chairman response to Violence Reduction Unit appointment

14 January 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council, as the head of the new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).


The VRU is expected to establish a public health approach in a bid to reduce violent crime in London.


In December after an investigation into this issue, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee wrote a letter to the Mayor making recommendations on what the VRU should be focusing on.


Today, Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee, said:


“The Committee welcomes the appointment of a lead for the Violence Reduction Unit.


“The unit has real potential to make London safer but the devil will be in the detail.


“There are many things it needs to focus on, but the key things are that it must concentrate on all forms of violence, it must be locally delivered and prevention must play a big part.


“The Committee looks forward to meeting with Lib Peck soon to hear the ideas she has on how to tackle violence in the capital.


“Almost every week we hear of yet another young life being taken in the capital because of violence so time really is of the essence to get the VRU up and running.

Notes to editors

  1. The Chair’s letter to the Mayor is here.
  2. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee, is available for interviews.
  3. London Assembly Police and Crime Committee examines the work of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which oversees the Metropolitan Police. It also investigates key issues relating to policing and crime in London, including serious violence, front line policing, and counter-terrorism.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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