Knife crime with Injury sanction and detection rates.

MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Sanction and detection rates for knife crime with injury offences across the MPS are the lowest they have been in four years.  Five London boroughs have sanction and detection rates that are 20% or under: Camden (19.5%), Hammersmith & Fulham (17.7%), Havering (18.7%), Lambeth (20%) and Southwark (15%).  What work are you doing to improve these rates, ensuring these crimes get solved and increasing public confidence in the work of the MPS?


Answer for Knife crime with Injury sanction and detection rates.

Answer for Knife crime with Injury sanction and detection rates.

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Reducing knife crime is one of the key ambitions of the new London Crime Reduction Board's Strategic Ambitions for London - Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. Knife crime is a key priority in all the boroughs that you have highlighted and there is a range of activities being undertaken by the MPS in partnership with community safety partners in these boroughs to improve sanction detection rates. These activities include investigative teams receiving additional support from detectives; serious crime reviews of investigations and performance monitoring of investigators.

There are different kinds of motivating factors in each case. Each of the boroughs has an action plan to tackle this. MOPAC will write to you about the work that the MPS is doing by borough.

In addition, the MPS continue to work with Crown Prosecution Service colleagues to improve case file preparation so that minimum standards in case preparation are met.