View from City Hall: We are trying to tackle serious crime

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2018


It is the start of a new civic year here in Barking and Dagenham and I would like to start by extending my congratulations to all the newly-elected councillors in the borough.

It was a pleasure to attend the swearing-in ceremony for the council’s new mayor and congratulations to Cllr Sanchia Alasia for her election to this post.

Sadly, we are still seeing elevated levels of knife related crime across London, including a recent murder in Barking.

I went on a walkabout in East London with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner earlier this year and we discussed some of the steps the Met are taking to tackle violent crime.

The Met have set up a Violent Crime Taskforce, comprised of 158 police officers who will coordinate a London-wide response to serious violence. They will focus on hotspots and will work to deter violence before it escalates.

Another 88 officers, increased to 166 at weekends, will be on patrol in dedicated violence-response units.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has put an additional £110 million into the police budget with £15m for knife crime-related projects.

Robust enforcement action and long-term preventative work go hand-in hand. The mayor is also taking steps to increase the preventative work being done in our communities.

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, of which I am deputy chairman, have started an investigation into the issue of serious violence, with a view to coming to conclusions which can help the police deal with this problem.

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