Brixton Drug Dealing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2009
Reference: 
2009/0810
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I am distressed to see drugs being pushed openly on the streets of Brixton again. What steps are you taking as Chair of MPA to tackle the widespread return of overt drug dealing in the centre of Brixton? In addition there has been a recently growth in begging and drunken behaviour in the area. Will you give this high drug crime area additional police resources in recognition of the fact that the High Street is also major transport interchange between tube, rail and dozens of bus routes?

Answer

Answer for Brixton Drug Dealing

Answer for Brixton Drug Dealing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of my new Joint Engagement Meeting (JEM) initiative Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse will be meeting with the local police and Lambeth council to look at youth violence issues, including those driven by drug dealing.

I have made representations to Government on the need for a bigger share of recovered criminal assets to be returned to the MPS to be re-invested into communities that suffer most from drug and serious related crime, in order to help change the environment that encourages such criminal activity in the first place.

Lambeth Police and Lambeth Council have appointed a Town Centre Manager for Brixton to coordinate resources using a neighbourhood management model of partnership working. This partnership approach between key stakeholders, including transport police personnel, working together will hopefully further impact positively upon local crime reduction, which during 1st April 2008 to 18th March 2009 saw Brixton experience:

- 18% (165 less victims) reduction in street crime - 17.5% (176 less victims) reduction in residential burglary; and - 40% (415 less victims) reduction in theft from the person.