Gun crime

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Gun crime offences in London surged by 42% in the last year, according to official statistics. The Metropolitan Police's figures showed there were 2,544 gun crime offences from April 2016 to April 2017, compared to 1,793 offences from 2015 until 2016. Can the Mayor reassure Londoners that the Met is going to turn this disturbing increase around and get guns off our capital's streets.


Answer for Gun crime

Answer for Gun crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS figures for lethal barrelled discharges currently shows a 25.5 % increase. The rise in gun crime offences is replicated nationally.  However, despite this, the MPS has seen an increase in the last two years in the amount of firearms that have been recovered.

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 Gun Crime Discharges and conducting proactive patrols in hotspot areas across London. This activity is intelligence driven to ensure resources are deployed where lethal barrelled discharges are occurring.  I have committed to delivering more resources to the neighbourhoods, including ward-based PCSOs who will work in support dedicated ward officers and lead on community engagement and obtaining community intelligence in support of the reduction of all crime in the area, including gun crime.

Prevention and diversion is also vital - reducing the availability of weapons, creating pathways away from violence, engaging with young people and building trust with communities all of which are encompassed by the MPS approach.