Changing nature of crime and hotspots

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Considering the changing demographic of London boroughs, what proactive measures is the Metropolitan Police Service taking to ensure that new youth violence 'hotspots' do not emerge?


Answer for Changing nature of crime and hotspots

Answer for Changing nature of crime and hotspots

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you will see in my draft Police and Crime Plan, I am committed to tackling youth violence and keeping children and young people safe. To support this ambition, I will strengthen the universal policing offer to all young Londoners and put in place more specialist schools officers, focused on the safety and protection of young people.

MOPAC will continue to work with the MPS on a strong evidence base of the public spaces where young Londoners are least safe, informing the neighbourhood policing model and ensuring that police are on hand at places and times of highest risk for young people, such as school closing time and key transport hubs. This is why my vision is for restoring real neighbourhood policing, being part of the community.

I am also investing in the Kicks programme, which uses football to engage young people at risk. Locations have been determined using crime hotspot data.