Gun Crime in Waltham Forest

Plenary on 2017-07-06
Session date: 
July 6, 2017
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Gun crime has risen by 51% in my borough of Waltham Forest. How will you ensure that there are enough PCSOs to deal with this given their 67% reduction over the past few years?


Answer for Gun Crime in Waltham Forest

Answer for Gun Crime in Waltham Forest

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS response to all serious violence (including gun crime discharges – GCD) is managed through Gang Crime Fighters by monitoring trends, identifying hotspots, developing action plans and coordinating tactical activity across the MPS. Trident Gang Crime Command investigates all firearm discharges and proactively targets offenders supplying and discharging firearms. The MPS also works with national partners to remove guns off the street.


Operation Viper has been developed as a specific tactic to assist boroughs in supressing GCD and conducting proactive patrols in hotspot areas – of which, Waltham Forest is one. This activity is intelligence driven to ensure resources are deployed where lethal barrelled discharges are occurring.


The MPS is committed to providing one PCSO per ward, for all of London, in support of a minimum of two PCs per ward. These PCSOs will lead on community engagement and obtaining community intelligence in support of the gun crimes objectives