The Mayor recently launched his new Police and Crime Plan for London. Throughout October and November almost 8,000 of you took part in our policing and crime survey here on Talk London, providing important viewpoints on tackling crime in London and helping to shape the newly launched plan.
After 85% of you agreed that these were the right priorities to focus on, the main strands of the new Police and Crime cover:
- Neighbourhood policing – including an extra dedicated constable in every London ward, with more in wards with the most serious problems. Priorities for these will be unique for each borough plus there’ll be more specialist firearms officers, and improved training on organised crime and cyber-crime.
- Keeping children and young people safer – with more dedicated officers working in London schools, a new Knife Crime Strategy and two new Child Houses to investigate child sexual exploitation and support victims in one place.
- Tackling violence against women and girls – by refreshing the London Violence Against Women and Girl Strategy, improving training for officers on the handling of cases of sexual and domestic abuse, and sustaining investment in rape crisis and domestic violence services.
- Opposing hatred, intolerance and extremism – by working with the Government to counter radicalisation and launching an online hate crime hub to respond to online hate crimes.
- Improving the Criminal Justice Service – through new devolved powers, and by appointing a new Victims’ Commissioner to champion the interests of victims of crime.
We’ll keep you up-to-date on all of these areas as specific measures are introduced – and big thanks again to everyone who took part in the consultation last year.