The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has invited all Londoners to have their say on his new draft police and crime plan which aims to restore real neighbourhood policing for everyone and commits to protecting the most vulnerable.
The draft plan includes measures to crack down on knife crime, improve services for victims of crime and overhaul child protection in the capital.
As well as improving the standards of policing and criminal justice in London, the Mayor has identified three new London-wide priorities: keeping children and young people safe; tackling violence against women and girls; and standing together against extremism, hatred and intolerance.
Core elements of the Mayor’s police and crime strategy include:
• A return to real neighbourhood policing – the Mayor will end the ‘MOPAC 7’ targets The plan also confirms the Mayor’s commitment to restoring real neighbourhood policing with two dedicated neighbourhood officers in every London neighbourhood by the end of 2017.
• Improved standards across policing and criminal justice – City Hall will agree shared goals for criminal justice agencies and hold those agencies to account for delivering them, driving up the quality of service that victims and witnesses can expect.
• Improving services for victims of crime – the Mayor will appoint an independent Victims’ Commissioner to promote victims’ interests within London, and roll out victim-centred restorative justice – helping to rehabilitate offenders and cutting crime through reconciliation with victims and the wider community.
• Urgently addressing knife crime – the plan confirms the Mayor’s commitment to reducing knife-related crime in the capital, with better prevention and enforcement against selling and carrying knives. A new knife crime strategy will be published, and the Mayor will also review the Met’s approach to gang crime.
• Protecting children and young people – the Mayor will commission two Child Houses – a one-stop shop for young victims to report sexual abuse and receive long-term support – and overhaul child protection across the capital with the help of national experts.
• Tackling domestic violence and violence against women and girls – increasing our support for victims in reporting these distressing crimes, alongside more work on prevention and bringing more perpetrators to justice.
• Hate Crime and radicalisation – the Mayor will launch an online hate crime hub and roll out Hate Crime Victims’ Advocates across the city, whilst stepping up efforts to counter radicalisation in schools and online as well as action against perpetrators.
• Devolution of the criminal justice system – the Mayor will press for responsibilities for youth justice, offender management and the courts to be devolved from central government to City Hall to enable a more joined-up approach in tackling the causes of crime.
• A police force that reflects London’s diversity – the Mayor will do everything possible to encourage more women, and BAME Londoners, to join the police service and represent the Londoners they work on behalf of.
Today, the Mayor joined young Londoners in an interactive session run by the charity Safer London, which is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), to work with youngsters affected by violence and crime. He called on Londoners to feed into the public consultation which begins today and runs until 23rd February.
The Mayor will continue to support Met officers at every level, as well as Transport for London, British Transport Police, City of London police, criminal justice partners, charities and community groups to deliver his plans.
Safer London Chief Executive, Claire Hubberstey, said: “We are delighted that the Mayor of London is committing to making the voices of Londoners heard. Empowering young people and involving them in everything we do is central to our ethos as a charity: this morning’s visit has allowed us to give young people the opportunity to voice their opinions to the Mayor directly, and ensure that their contributions are valued. The Mayor’s priorities for London chime with Safer London’s values. We also know that young people experiencing issues such as sexual exploitation or knife crime need tailored, victim-centred support, and I look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure that the delivery of the police and crime plan keeps Londoners and their safety at heart.”