Knife attacks

MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will the changes in the local policing model help reduce the number of people who are victims of knife crime?


Answer for Knife attacks

Answer for Knife attacks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since 2009/2010 there has been a steady but promising decrease in victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure. In 2009/2010, there were 4351 victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure and this had decreased to 4095 by 2011/2012. Violence with injury is one of the seven neighbourhood crimes types that I have challenged the MPS to cut by 20% and therefore remains a priority for the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime.

One of the fundamental principles of the Local Policing Model is to ensure that neighbourhood policing is the foundation of policing in London with officers and staff deployed flexibly to meet the demands across the Capital. Therefore, the Model will provide greater visibility in communities and enable more problem solving at local level.

Grip and Pace centers in every borough identify emerging risk and harm, and deploy officers where they are needed. In addition, Borough Tasking Teams can respond when additional resources are required or they can be tasked to emerging threats or crime hotspots. Finally, further capacity is provided by both the Proactive and Gangs element of the Criminal Investigation Department, which allows boroughs to respond to intelligence and analysis.