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  1. City Hall says it is reviewing what the Met says is used to protect people. Sophie Linden said the tool is under review Date - 30th October 2018 By - Ian Weinfass and Press Association Campaigners have called on the Mayor of London to intervene to have a police gangs database scrapped. A group which includes the director of Amnesty International UK Kate Allen and lawyer Imran Khan, known for representing the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, claims that Scotland Yard's gangs matrix is racist and the "wrong tool" to tackle the recent rise in violent crime. In an open letter to Sadiq Khan on Tuesday, they said: "All of us strongly believe the Metropolitan Police's gangs matrix database is the wrong tool for the job. "The matrix is racially discriminatory: 78 per cent of people on it are black, despite the fact that only 27 per cent of those responsible for serious youth violence in London are black. "In London, the term 'gang' has become heavily racialised - so much so that it is a significant hindrance to effective policy-making. To demonstrate the point, the Metropolitan Police's own figures show that only five per cent of knife crime is related to 'gang' activity." It continued: "To achieve the goal of a more peaceful capital city our response to violent crime must be evidence-based, not be tainted by institutional racism and mindful of human rights obligations." The force staunchly defends use of the matrix, pointing out in May that it is used to identify people at risk as well as those believed to pose a risk. Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball told politicians at the London Assembly: “There’s a basis for everybody identified as being at risk, or posing a risk. The intelligence picture that’s there means it’s vital we, or our partners, take some sort of intervention to protect those people and that’s why people are on the gangs violence matrix.” Being on the Matrix could affect access to services such as housing, education and the job centre, Amnesty International has claimed. Researchers heard some families were threatened with eviction if a young person did not change their behaviour, and one was sent an ultimatum more than a year after their son had died. The Information Commissioner's Office announced that it was investigating the Matrix, in May. This week Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, said: "The mayor has committed to reviewing the gangs matrix and this review should be completed before the end of the year." View On Police Oracle
  2. Donald Trump visit: Sadiq Khan refuses to 'rise to beastly comments' The mayor of London says he will not rise to Donald Trump's "beastly" accusation that he did "a terrible job" after 2017's terror attacks. The US president used an interview ahead of his UK visit to attack Sadiq Khan over the wave of terror attacks in the capital. He also blamed the mayor for a rise in immigration, saying "look at all the crime brought in". Mr Khan questioned why he was singled out as being responsible for terrorism. The mayor was speaking as Labour MP David Lammy accused Mr Trump of being a "racist" who "hates that London chose a Muslim mayor". View Full Story I agree with David Lammy, Trump hates the fact that there is a London mayor who is Muslim, Trump is at best a closet racist. However being the President his views carry alot of weight, thus thought i would start this debate, are immigrants responsible for bringing " large scale crime" to the UK? Should Sadiq Khan shoulder total responsibility for the crime in London?
  3. The Metropolitan Police has recorded 62 murders so far this year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he does not believe he has done anything wrong in the battle against violent crime in the capital. Despite criticism of his response to an upsurge of serious gun and knife attacks in London, Mr Khan insisted things would be worse if it were not for his initiatives. Asked what he had done wrong in dealing with the situation, the mayor told LBC: "I don't think we have done anything wrong in London. "Nor do I think, by the way, the police and crime commissioners across the country have done much wrong." The Metropolitan Police have recorded 62 murders so far this year, of which 39 involved knives and 10 guns. In the first three months of this year 45 murders were recorded, compared with the first quarter of 2017 when there were 23. The mayor defended his record, saying: "I think things would be worse if we didn't invest the new money we invested in this year and last year." Accepting responsibility for policing in the capital, Mr Khan said all sectors of society needed to work together to tackle serious violent crime. He said: "We should not excuse or tolerate serious violent crime. "We should not think that it's OK for there just to be one stabbing rather than three. "We have got to make sure we stop young people thinking it's OK to carry a knife, or that that gives them a sense of belonging or respect. "That means investing in young people. "I'm determined to do what I can to invest in prevention and also in enforcement." Tory MP, and party vice chairman for London, Paul Scully said: "Sadiq Khan needs to take action on violent crime for the safety of Londoners. "As the Mayor of London he has direct responsibility - and the powers - to tackle violent crime in our city, and shifting the blame will not save the lives that are tragically being lost on the capital's streets." View On Police Oracle
  4. College of Policing says such a move is not acceptable. The member of Sadiq Khan's staff suggested a currently 'unacceptable' practice be permitted A representative for Sadiq Khan said officers should be allowed to use force computers to vet potential future neighbours to avoid moving into an area where criminals live. Draft guidance for misconduct panel chairmen released by the College of Policing suggested that “the mere accessing of data without a legitimate policing purpose” is “in itself an abuse of an officer’s position”. It added: “Personal reasons for accessing the information, such as general curiosity or a desire to check on criminal activity near an officer’s home, are unlikely to be acceptable.” But a representative of the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing a Crime (MOPAC) said the data could be useful in such cases. The individual said: “I think there is balance needed here and restrictions on the purpose of access are often too strictly applied. “For example, if a police officer is purchasing a house or a car I think that it should be legitimate for the officer to make enquiries of the car; is it lost or stolen, in purchasing a house: it is surely good practice for an officer not to move into a house knowing or not knowing an active criminal lives close by. “This activity is very different from accessing information on a basis for example to sell or release information more widely.” Such searches may be in breach of the Data Protection Act and have been branded unacceptable by the College. The comments were made in a 2016 consultation but have only emerged after a Freedom of Information request by Police Oracle. A MOPAC spokesman provided no further comment on the issue when approached last week. A representative for Kent's PCC argued for the exact opposite to MOPAC in the consultation, saying anyone accessing force data for a non-policing purpose should expect dismissal “in all but the most exceptional circumstances”. The final guidance issued by the College of Policing to misconduct panel chairmen says it is a legal requirement and public expectation that police data is not used for any personal circumstances. It states: “Under no circumstances should anyone access or use police information for personal benefit. “Personal reasons for accessing confidential police information, such as general curiosity or a desire to check on criminal activity near an officer’s home, are not acceptable. “If an officer is accessing police information not available to the general public, there should always be a specific and proper policing purpose for doing so.” View On Police Oracle
  5. Britain First has announced it is to launch a “direct action campaign against Muslim elected officials” targeting “where they live, work, pray”. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/britain-first-muslim-elected-officials_uk_574352c4e4b0e71ef36d9617?b52pke8u54myousor What a bunch of idiots, I sometimes think Britain First must be a parody of another group, what are they hoping to achieve with their silly stunts? Surely most people In this country can see what they really are?

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