Working with the CPS to improve MPS knife crime sanction and detection rates.

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0906
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What specific work have the MPS undertaken with the Crown Prosecution Service (MPS) to improve sanction and detection rates for knife crime across London?

Answer

Answer for Working with the CPS to improve MPS knife crime sanction and detection rates.

Answer for Working with the CPS to improve MPS knife crime sanction and detection rates.

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS regularly meets with the CPS to improve sanction and detection rates for knife crime in London. This work includes sharing current statistics relating to knife crime, ensuring that cases are effectively prepared evidentially by investigators and presented at court by the CPS. A knife crime action plan is in place and is being implemented across the 32 boroughs. 

The MOPAC Gangs Panel has also overseen the development of a new approach to community impact statements, which involves the MPS working in partnership with the CPS to ensure that the true impact of knife and gang crime on communities is reflected in the judicial process.

MOPAC also lobbied the government to introduce mandatory custodial sentences for a second conviction of carrying an offensive weapon (or having an article with a blade or point in a public place or on school premises) in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 thereby strengthening laws to tackle knife crime in London.