Offensive weapons tactics

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At the MOPAC Challenge meeting on July 21st, Commissioner Hogan-Howe said the MPS "..need people to tell us who carries knives… somebody will know, you know a sister, a mother, or a friend. And we need people to tell us." Given that you lobbied for the introduction of mandatory minimum sentencing for being caught carrying an offensive weapons twice how do you intend to encourage sisters, mothers or friends of those carrying knives to inform the MPS? What work are you doing to encourage this type of reporting?


Answer for Offensive weapons tactics

Answer for Offensive weapons tactics

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS and MOPAC are working closely with a range of partners, including voluntary and community sector organisations to provide the routes for individuals to come forward and report those carrying knives, and to get them off the streets.

For example, MOPAC is providing funding to a SNB to provide knife bins to support individuals to hand knives in anonymously.

In June 2015, the MPS launched Operation Teal, led by Trident which has already recovered over 550 knives and 65 firearms, as well as resulting in 3,300 arrests.