MPS Crime Fighters Panel

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to MQ 2015/1186 would the MPS Crime Fighters Panel review every London Boroughs approach to tackling knife crime and publish a report on best practice?


Answer for MPS Crime Fighters Panel

Answer for MPS Crime Fighters Panel

Answered By: 
The Mayor

'Crime Fighters' is a performance meeting held at business area and borough level. Knife crime is a regular focus at these meetings.

On the 21st of July, I am holding a MOPAC Challenge on MPS Performance and will be focusing heavily on reviewing tactics on reducing knife crime. The results of this publicly held meeting will be published and will include differences in borough approaches and achievements.

It is important to note, whilst we are not complacent in regards to knife crime, that in the year to June 2015, all knife crime decreased by 20% compared to the year to June 2009.

Calendar year 2014 saw recorded knife crime offences at their lowest volume during the last 7 years.

Offences of Knife possession have decreased by 30% (1,281 fewer offences) during the year to June 2015 compared to the year to June 2009.

To deliver consistency of tactics across London, the MPS are leading on Operation Equinox which tackles violent crime around night time economy locations; MOPAC has introduced the £600,000 service for young victims of violent crime in London's four major trauma centres.  

In terms of best practice and innovation, MOPAC are delivering the Shield gang violence reduction pilot in three London boroughs

Finally, I am pleased to say that the legislative provision allowing for a mandatory sentence for those convicted of carrying a knife on more than one occasion, has now been brought into use following lobbying by Enfield MPs, the Commissioner and I.