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 on our streets this year, he’s introduced tough, immediate measures to address the violence.

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 taskforce of 150 officers has been created using additional funding from City Hall announced by the Mayor in February. The taskforce will focus solely on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality
  • The Met Police has introduced targeted patrols with extra stop and search powers for areas worst-affected by knife crime
  • The Mayor is protecting the number of frontline police officers on London’s streets by investing £110m in the Met Police
  • Police made more than 900 arrests during Operation Winter Nights in November and December, taking more than 350 weapons off London’s streets
  • Met statistics show up until May this year, 970 knives have been seized from London's streets together with 98 firearms. The Met has also made 166 arrests for offensive weapons
  • In one week in June 2018, the taskforce has carried out 615 weapon sweeps, seized six firearms and 135 knives

Preventing future violence

  • In February Mayor created the £45m Young Londoners Fund to help steer young people away from violent crime
  • Knife wands are now available for every school in London to help keep young people safe, with 150 schools so far taking up the offer
  • The widely shared London Needs You Alive campaign 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 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

Tackling gang violence 

  • The Mayor’s investing £2m 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
  • 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

City Hall summit

  • 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.
  • Politicians from across political parties and the capital also came to City Hall to be briefed by the Mayor and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick about the action being taken against the current spate of violence.