Met Police spending on knife crime initiatives

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much has been spent by the Metropolitan Police Service on delivering initiatives to tackle knife crime? Please provide the total amount spent on each initiative in the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Where initiatives included multiple projects across the City, please include information on the number of such projects under each initiative.


Answer for Met Police spending on knife crime initiatives

Answer for Met Police spending on knife crime initiatives

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is a considerable amount of work across the MPS to prevent knife crime. Current knife crime initiatives are built into "business as usual" rather than being specifically funded, and therefore cannot be individually costed.

Operation Teal, which began on the 22nd June 2015, targets knife crime with injury, which to date has produced 10,000 arrests, 2,000 knives seized, 800kg drugs and over £5m in cash and assets seized.

Operation Sceptre, which began in July 2015,  was designed to coincide with new legislation that means that those convicted of carrying a knife for the second time will face a mandatory custodial sentence. Operation Sceptre targets habitual knife carriers, tackling importation, supply and access to weapons.

All boroughs have access to knife arches, which they can deploy in knife crime hotspots and knife arches continue to be used across London. A third of Safer Schools Teams across London now have their own knife arches dedicated to the school or Pupil Referral Unit in which they are based.