Police tackling serious violent crime

Tackling serious violent crime

Every death as a result of violent crime is an utter tragedy - leaving lives destroyed and families heartbroken.

The level of violent crime in London is clearly unacceptably high and Mayor Sadiq Khan is determined to lead from the front to tackle the problem - with a relentless focus on both arresting violent offenders and tackling root causes.

Here’s what the Mayor is doing:

Boosting police power

  • The Mayor has funded a new dedicated Violent Crime Taskforce of nearly 300 police officers focusing on the areas worst affected
  • Since the VCTF was launched in April 2018, the command has carried out 7,056 weapon sweeps in public parks and open spaces looking for weapons and drugs. They seized 731 knives, 539 offensive weapons, 263 firearms and arrested 3,907 suspects.
  • Across the Met Police, wider activity targeting violence has seen 40,773 weapon sweeps carried out, with 2851 knives recovered along with 1,259 offensive weapons and 682 firearms.

  • The Met Police has introduced patrols using targeted stop and search for areas worst-affected by knife crime.  

Preventing future violence

  • A Violence Reduction Unit has been established. This brings the police together with specialists from health, local government, probation and community organisations to tackle violent crime and the underlying causes of violent crime. The Unit is learning from counterparts in Glasgow, where a public health approach was successfully implemented over several years and led to a fall in violence.
  • The Mayor has created the £45 million Young Londoners Fund to provide young people with positive alternatives to crime and to help Londoners to get out of gangs and violence and into employment and training. The second round of applications for the Young Londoners Fund opens in May 2019
  • Our Stepping Stones programme, supporting at-risk young people in their transition from primary to secondary school, has been expanded to 15 schools, helping 2,100 vulnerable young Londoners
  • The widely shared London Needs You Alive campaign, viewed over 4 million times, brings together role models and youth influencers to send a positive message to young people - that they shouldn’t put their lives at risk by carrying a knife. The campaign recently expanded to engage community groups, faith groups and schools with a new educational toolkit
  • The Mayor’s granted £7 million to projects to combat youth violence across London and £250,000 to community groups and grassroots initiatives
  • The Mayor is working to bring in more Safer Schools Officers to help to drive down knife crime in schools
  • The Mayor is investing £1.4 million to continue to provide youth workers in Major Trauma Centres, and place more youth workers in hospital A&E departments, to help steer young Londoners who have been involved in knife crime away from violence in the future
  • We are working with the MPS, Trading Standards and retailers to stop knives getting into the hands of underage Londoners. We are supporting and promoting the National Business Crime Centre’s Top Ten Tips for preventing the underage sale and theft of knives to all London retailers
  • Knife wands are now available for every school in London to help keep young people safe, with 200 schools so far taking up the offer

Tackling gang violence 

  • The Mayor is investing £2 million in London Gang Exit services to support young people at risk of or engaged in serious violence and help them into employment, education or training 
  • City Hall works with the police, charities and councils on two programmes aimed at ending and preventing gang violence and exploitation, working with victims and young people at risk.