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PROTECTING PEOPLE: Met Police commissioner sets out plans to continue to tackle violent crime 

 Published on: 13th May 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

It is safe fo say that violent crime in Northwood, Pinner and Stanmore is rare and officers from Met Police are working hard to maintain this. 

The Met has set out a plan to suppress this type of crime in London, as lockdown measures are eased.

Over the past seven weeks, officers across the capital have been working hard to keep London safe and support vital NHS workers on the frontline of the pandemic.

When the streets emptied, crime levels dropped as the vast majority of people stayed at home.

During this period that Met capitalised on this unprecedented shift in crime and demand to identify and target offenders responsible for the most serious crimes, particularly violence. 

Since March 13, officers have recovered 444 knives, 322 offensive weapons, 106 firearms and made 2,478 other seizures – mostly drugs.

As part of this commitment, dedicated teams have been established to spearhead suppression activity at a local and neighbourhood level.

More than 620 officers will make up new Violence Suppression Units (VSU).

Officers have also identified up to 1,000 of London’s most prolific violent offenders and are personally targeting each one of them.

The Met is offering every individual support and help to take this opportunity to turn their lives around.

Analysts have also identified up to 250 “micro hotspots”, small areas disproportionately affected by street violence and robbery. 

Commissioner Cressida Dick, who set out the Met’s plan, said: “The last seven weeks have not been easy for Londoners and my thoughts are with everyone who has suffered a terrible loss as a result of this invisible enemy.

“Our focus is now towards life as the lockdown restrictions are eased. Unsurprisingly, as Londoners stayed at home we saw huge decreases in almost all crime types – including in priority areas such as violence.

“I know Londoners want to see more officers on the beat and these newly established Violence Suppression Units will strengthen our commitment to drive out crime within neighbourhoods.

“But we cannot succeed at this activity without the continued support from the public. We rely on information from Londoners about violence to help stop it before someone comes to harm. If you have any information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, please let us know.”

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