Violence against the person

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Reports of violence against the person offences have risen by 7,145 from December 2012 to December 2015.  What measures have you put in place, in your final months as Mayor, to address this serious issue?


Answer for Violence against the person

Answer for Violence against the person

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We continue to keep up the pressure on violent crime in London and at MOPAC Challenge in January I raised this issue with the Commissioner. I am pleased to see that Violence With Injury (VWI) offences have fallen in January and February. 

Violence against the person includes a very broad range of offences such as common assault, cruelty to children, modern slavery, harassment, stalking through to GBH, causing death by dangerous driving, manslaughter and murder.  The MPS uses a wide range of tactics and operations to tackle this broad range of offences including: 

       Operation Dauntless, which has seen increased confidence in reporting of domestic abuse, an increase in sanction detections and a focus on repeat victims and suspects of domestic abuse.  The MPS are also making use of Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

       Operation Equinox, targeting non-domestic violence with injury offences, in particular in relation to the Night Time Economy, using tactics such as test purchase for illegal alcohol sales, problem solving with local and transport authorities, enhanced licensing enforcement and focused patrols. This approach is being continued through Operation Scarlet.

       Operation Teal, focusing on reductions in gun discharges, reductions in gang stabbings through enhanced enforcement of gang nominals, use of enhance judicial controls and breach enforcement.