What is the Mayor doing to tackle knife crime?

The Mayor is delivering a strong knife crime strategy, backed up with significant investment to help the Met and preventative services like youth clubs get to grips with this issue. 

The strategy includes the following key areas:

  • Targeting law breakers – recognising that knife crime has increased and that this is a major concern for the public, the Mayor is committed to an immediate enforcement  response to tackle the issue.

  • Keeping deadly weapons off our streets – addressing the accessibility and availability of knives focusing on retailers and licencing.

  • Protecting and educating young people – recognising the importance of prevention and a public health approach, the Mayor is committed to working with schools and other services, such as youth clubs to address the problem.

  • Standing with communities, neighbourhoods and families against knife crime – working with Londoners who want to stand up against knife crime and the harm it does to individuals, communities and families.

  • Supporting victims of knife crime – ensuring that improving support to victims is at the heart of a holistic response.

  • Offering a way out of crime – recognising that young people need opportunities, interventions and positive activities which help them stay out of trouble and enable them to look towards a brighter future.

In addition to providing an extra £110 million in Met funding, the Mayor has allocated £45 million over three years to his Young Londoners Fund for young people at risk of getting caught up in crime. This is in addition to £1.15 million to support grassroots community groups.

The Mayor continues to focus on both enforcement and prevention - taking a tough approach to policing, while funding the services young people desperately need to give them a path away from crime. To support a public health approach and the delivery of the knife crime strategy, the Mayor held a meeting in June 2018 with council leaders and chief executives to share best practice and discuss how boroughs can be better supported in their work to reduce violence. This will inform the local borough knife crime action plans, which are now in place for each London borough.

The Mayor has also allocated an extra £15 million to tackle knife crime through the Violent Crime Task Force. The task force is working hard to proactively target offenders and remove weapons from our streets.