Offensive weapons

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2001
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

From 2012/13 to 2014/15 there was a 21.5% rise in reported offensive weapon charges.  What are you doing to tackle this problem and help educate young people to change attitudes about carrying weapons?

Answer

Answer for Offensive weapons

Answer for Offensive weapons

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The reduction of carrying and the use of offensive weapons requires a combination of effective deterrence; proactive policing and prevention work. I am pleased that the lobbying that Enfield MPs and I have undertaken in partnership with the Commissioner of the MPS Service has resulted in Government introducing a mandatory minimum sentence for those found carrying a knife for a second time.

MOPAC continues to fund a range of intervention and prevention initiatives in London boroughs via the London Crime Prevention Fund, including projects and programmes specifically targeted at young people.