Police tackling serious violent crime

Tackling serious violent crime

Mayor Sadiq Khan is taking action to tackle the scourge of violent crime in London, together with the Met Police. With the tragic rise in knife killings across the country, he’s introduced tough, immediate measures to address the violence in London.

The Mayor is determined to ensure criminals are caught and punished – but he’s also investing millions in tackling the complex root causes of violent crime to help prevent future deaths.

Here’s what the Mayor is doing:

Boosting police power

  • A new Violent Crime Task Force of 272 officers has been created using additional funding from City Hall announced by the Mayor in February. The £15 million task force will focus solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality
  • From April 2018 to mid-January 2019, they carried out 5,457 weapons sweeps in public parks and open spaces looking for weapons and drugs. They seized 226 firearms, 580 knives, 422 offensive weapons and arrested 2,795 people for weapons, violence and drug related offences
  • The Met Police has introduced patrols using targeted stop and search for areas worst-affected by knife crime. We have seen an increase in weapons-focused stop and searches of 13,548 up to June 2018 - an increase of almost 20 per cent
  • The Mayor is protecting the number of frontline police officers on London’s streets by investing an additional £140 million in the Met Police
  • City Hall is paying a greater percentage of the overall police budget in the capital than ever before - up from 18 per cent in 2010 to 23 per cent now

Preventing future violence

  • In February, the Mayor created the £45 million Young Londoners Fund to help steer young people away from violent crime and in March set out the first £5 million of funding
  • To help young Londoners and their parents find positive activities for the summer holidays and beyond, the Mayor launched the new interactive #ourLDN map in August 2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Deputy Mayor for Policing, Sophie Linden, and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, visited Scotland to learn about the successful public health approach deployed in Glasgow, which saw a massive decline in violent crime over a decade. The Mayor has already incorporated elements of a public health approach in his Knife Crime Strategy
  • 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

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

Action plans under way

  • The Mayor has published a new Knife Crime Strategy - a package of tough and comprehensive measures to tackle knife crime, taking in views from bereaved families and victims. It was the first by a London Mayor
  • The Mayor has announced plans for a new Violence Reduction Unit. Building on existing partnerships, it will bring together specialists to work together to reduce violence in the capital by taking a public health approach
  • He hosted an Education Knife Crime Summit in 2016, bringing together Ofsted, educators, the Met and families to work on anti-knife crime education in schools
  • Every London borough now has its own knife crime action plan to tackle violence locally, created in partnership with the Met

Bringing people together to take action

  • In April, the Mayor invited the Home Secretary, London MPs, council leaders and Assembly Members from across London to a City Hall summit about tackling violent crime on the city’s streets
  • In June 2018, the Mayor convened a knife crime summit, involving leaders of every London borough to discuss and share best practice on knife crime action plans. Later that month the Mayor, together with Deputy Mayors Sophie Linden and Matthew Ryder, welcomed more than 150 people, community groups and other organisations to City Hall to hear first-hand how best to tackle the root causes of serious youth violence