Fedster + 1,307 Posted September 11, 2018 Share Posted September 11, 2018 There have been 100 homicides in London so far this year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Date - 11th September 2018 By - By Margaret Davis Plans to move 122 officers from a traffic unit to a violent crime taskforce for three months are "just a sticking plaster", it has been claimed. London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the move this morning amid concerns about levels of violent crime in the capital. There have been 100 homicides in London so far this year, with around a third of the victims aged 16 to 24 and most being fatal stabbings. The extra officers, added to the taskforce's existing 150, will move from the Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Policing Command and start work on Monday. Since its launch in April, the taskforce has made 895 arrests, carried out 1,400 weapons sweeps, seized 212 knives and 200 other offensive weapons, City Hall said. Mr Khan said: "This is drastic action that I would rather we didn't have to take, but the government's persistent refusal to give our police service the funding it desperately needs has left with us with no choice. "The level of violent crime in London is unacceptably high." The Mayor said the Met's Roads and Transport unit, made up of 2,300 officers and PCSOs, is the largest police unit in the UK and the force will aim to minimise the impact of the move. As part of efforts to stem the rise in violent crime, a £45 million Young Londoners Fund has also been set up to get young people away from crime and into work or training. But Steve O' Connell, chairman of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, said: "Let's not forget that under Sadiq Khan crime in London is going through the roof. "Knife crime has increased by nearly 50 per cent over the course of Khan's mayoralty and the murder rate has surged by over 40 per cent. "I welcome any measures taken to beef up the police's response to the sky-high levels of violent crime in our city. "However, this is clearly a knee-jerk reaction from the Mayor following a summer of violent crime. "Londoners shouldn't have to wait for Sadiq Khan to suffer a bout of bad publicity before action is taken to keep people safe. "This is just sticking plaster - these extra officers will only be in place for three months. "Rather than temporarily shifting officers around, the Mayor should be setting out a robust, long-term plan for tackling violent crime." View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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