MPS Knife Arches (1)

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many operational knife arches do the MPS currently have?  How many does each borough have access to?  What is the cost of these?


Answer for MPS Knife Arches (1)

Answer for MPS Knife Arches (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Knife crime is still an issue and therefore knife arches continue to be used across London. 

Furthermore, a range of tactics are in place to drive knife and related crime down, including:

       A Shield gang violence reduction pilot in three London boroughs.  MOPAC has led on this new programme that targets violent gang offenders across Lambeth, Haringey and Westminster

       A £600,000 youth intervention service for victims of violent crime in London's four major trauma centres.

       Local problem solving meetings for violent crime in five boroughs, led by the DM for Policing and Crime

       The MPS is leading on Operation Equinox, which tackles violent crime in locations with a busy nighttime economy

       MOPAC is funding 25 gangs projects through the London Crime Prevention Fund, at a value of approximately £3m per year from April 2013-March 2017

There are 71 portable Archway Metal Detectors (AMD's) distributed across the boroughs and certain specialist units in the MPS. On average there are 2 AMD's issued to each borough. The majority of the arches were purchased back in 2008/9, and the cost of one of these units today would be £3,500.00