Zero-tolerance approach to policing

MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What do you understand by a zero-tolerance approach to policing?


Answer for Zero-tolerance approach to policing

Answer for Zero-tolerance approach to policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In London, in recent years, we have seen a massive increase in incivility and a near acceptance of the kind of anti-social behaviour low-level crime that, left unchecked, eventually leads to more serious crime.

I pointed this out in my manifesto and it became even more apparent to me as I toured the capital and spoke to ordinary Londoners.

I am clear that if we don't crack down early, especially for certain types of crimes, then the quality of life for large numbers of Londoners will be undermined. The early results of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Blunt 2 (to stop and search for the carrying of knives) - with 210 arrests and 190 weapons seized in just the first fortnight of activity - demonstrates my determination not to tolerate the type of behaviour that could lead to more serious outcomes.