Knife & Violent Crime

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I reiterate my concerns about violent crime - particularly knife crime incidents we've faced in Brent this year. Locally, Brent Council is proactively working to address this issue but what help can we expect at local level from Mayor's strategy to tackle knife crime due to be launched shortly? How will the Boroughs like Brent and Harrow benefit directly from the Mayor's strategy?


Answer for Knife & Violent Crime

Answer for Knife & Violent Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On 27 June, I launched London's first Knife Crime Strategy. The strategy focuses on:

       Targeting lawbreakers;

       Offering ways out of crime;

       Keeping deadly weapons off our streets;

       Protecting and educating young people;

       Standing with communities, neighbourhoods and families against knife crime; and

       Supporting victims of knife crime.

The Strategy recognises the disproportionate impact that knife crime has on particular areas and communities across London, and provides seed funding for community groups to support them in finding local solutions to the issue. It also commits to intervening earlier with children and young people, incorporating a prevention campaign with toolkits for schools, community and faith groups, and materials for parents. And where necessary, the strategy advocates for a tough response to persistent and violent offenders.

Each police borough now has its own knife crime action plan which will deliver a holistic response. Brent and Harrow have Risk Management Units, consisting of the police and other agencies such as the local authority, meeting daily to discuss high risk children and young people involved in gangs, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and missing children.

Schools and police meet regularly to share information. In the school holiday run-up, schools officers across London are giving knife awareness and safety presentations in schools. Knife wands will be made available to every school in London. Police Cadets will conduct test purchase knife operations over the summer. Dedicated "weeks of action" against knife-crime offenders will now take place monthly.