Violent Crime: Lambeth and Southwark

Plenary on 2007-11-07
Session date: 
November 7, 2007
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Sir Ian Blair (Police Commissioner) and Len Duvall (Chair, MPA)


Lambeth and Southwark are unique in South London during 2006/7 for both showing an increase in violent crime in the statistics for the two Borough Police Commands. Why is the case? Do you believe that these units need additional police resources?


Answer for Violent Crime: Lambeth and Southwark

Answer for Violent Crime: Lambeth and Southwark

Answered By: 
Sir Ian Blair (Police Commissioner) and Len Duvall (Chair, MPA)

Recorded violent crime fell by 6.1% across the MPS in the financial year 2006/07 compared to 2005/06. In Lambeth there was a 6.7% reduction (843 less offences) and in Southwark a 7.3% reduction (918 less offences). The reductions in Southwark and Lambeth are consistent with those of other south London Boroughs.

In view of the concerns regarding serious violence in these and other Boroughs, Operation Alliance is delivering some additional resource, and co-ordinating the deployment of new and existing tactics across five Boroughs in south-east London. Learning is being spread through a range of agencies to other areas of London with existing or emerging issues.

The MPS corporate tasking systems allow for the tactical deployment of additional resource in response to short-term trends in violence. Both Southwark and Lambeth benefit from such deployments on a regular basis. The MPS has recognised the need to maintain officer strengths in these Boroughs and both are currently designated to prioritise the deployment of staff to vacancies and restrict some transfer of existing staff in the short-term.