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Mayor joins officers working to make city safer for everyone

  • May 23, 2024
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Mayor joins officers working to make city safer for everyone

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has joined Met officers on patrol in Westminster to see first-hand how frontline teams are being revitalised with record funding from City Hall to help tackle local priorities, including robbery and thefts.

The action is part of the New Met for London plan to revitalise frontline policing, which will mean every borough and every ward across London will have its own team of officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to bear down on crime and win back the confidence and trust of Londoners.

The Mayor spoke to officers about how they are using data and gathering local intelligence to focus their proactive and targeted patrols to make the capital safer for communities, visitors and local businesses.

This hyper-local approach is leading to more targeted action in crime hotspot areas across London. Between October 2023 and January 2024, 5,768 individuals were charged or cautioned for offences such as assault and 621 people for robbery offences. Whilst nearly 500 (497) people were charged or cautioned for knife crime offences. [2]

In the same three-month month period in Westminster the local neighbourhood team have reported a huge drop in anti-social behaviour in the local area whilst on patrol and Westminster officers have – acting on local intelligence – charged or cautioned nearly 300 individuals for a mixture of violence, knife crime and robbery offences.

This model of enhanced neighbourhood policing has been rolled out across the capital and will see an extra 1,300 neighbourhood police officers recruited as well as more PCSOs on our streets, with the Mayor supporting the police with a record £151 million in this year’s budget for policing and crime prevention.

The Mayor’s visit today coincided with the launch of a new Robbery Reduction Partnership, which has been set up by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), to improve joint working between local businesses, London Councils, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Youth Offending Service, Transport for London, the Safer Business Network, the Violence Reduction Unit and the British Transport Police.

Sadiq has warned that the ongoing cost-of-living crisis continues to risk jeopardising the progress that’s been made in tackling crime in the capital. Research shows there is a stark link between a rise in the cost of living and increases in violence, robberies, shoplifting and theft. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that robbery rates are increasing across the country and have returned to pre-Covid-19 levels [3].

Knife crime with injury in under 25-year-olds, gun crime, homicides and burglary are all down since 2016 and latest ONS stats show that you are less likely to be a victim of violence in London than in the rest of England and Wales with the rate of violence with injury rate in London also lower than the rest of England and Wales.

Enhanced partnerships will see officers working with communities to deliver on local priorities, including reducing robbery and thefts in crime hotspots. working to bear down on robbery and make city safer for everyone.

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