Youth gang-related violence

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Kemi Badenoch
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What proactive measures is the Metropolitan Police Service taking to combat youth gang-related violence, given the recent spike in incidents?


Answer for Youth gang-related violence

Answer for Youth gang-related violence

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Knife crime, gangs and serious youth violence are key priorities for both the MPS and I. In June 2014, I launched my Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs and Serious Youth

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The MPS are a key partner in delivering and supporting the Strategic Ambitions and alongside myself have lobbied the government for changes to sentencing in order to ensure that any offender caught in

possession of a knife for a second time will automatically face a prison sentence.

Trident, alongside other MPS units, offer a co-ordinated, multi-unit response to the rise in youth violence through

Operation Teal, launched June 2015 to offer a targeted coordinated response to fast time, developing, gang related violence. Since the launch of the operation in June 4,984 people have been arrested.

Operation Sceptre taking place in July and October to reduce all serious youth violence by directing and coordinating activity to: target those who habitually carry and use knives; tackle the importation, supply and access to weapons; and engage with the public to increase awareness and provide opportunities to surrender weapons.

The MPS are also currently undertaking a gun amnesty.

The Strategic Ambitions include a commitment to work with partners to address gangs and to create a pan-London gang exit service. In January 2016 MOPAC will be launching the pan-London gang exit service. This will provide young people affected by gangs with the opportunity to move away from gang lifestyles by providing support to exit, developing new skills and providing the opportunity for social reintegration into the community through receiving support, guidance and practical help, in a consistent way for London.