2008 Manifesto: Making London Safer

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Tackling Knife and Gun Crimes

Directing the LDA to fund youth community groups

"I will direct the LDA to fund youth community groups that provide mentoring schemes."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson’s Mentoring Programme will provide appropriately trained adult volunteer mentors for a minimum of 1,000 black boys aged 10-16 who may be at risk of offending in seven target boroughs in London (link). To date, £1.3million has been committed in the form of grant funding and the associated administrative costs of the small grants fund (link). Boris has also launched the Team London programme, which provides a conduit for volunteers and London’s disadvantaged (link).

Providing funding for handheld scanners and knife arches

"I will provide funding for handheld scanners and knife arches to use at Tube and rail stations, and other large-scale public events."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has provided funding for handheld scanners and knife arches to be used more, with £3.8m allocated to support the additional costs of Operation Blunt 2 for 2008/09 (link). This has led to over 11,000 knives being taken off the street (link). Boris Johnson’s administration has also focused on large-scale public events. In 2011, police officers manned knife arches throughout the Notting Hill Carnival day at various underground stations across London, particularly those in and around the carnival procession route (link). Londoners are noticing the benefits. Responses to surveys about the deployment of knife arches and screening equipment showed that 79 per cent of pupils feeling more reassured through the use of knife arches at key locations on routes to schools (link).

Making tackling knife and gun crime a policing priority

"I will make it a policing priority to tackle knife and gun crime and not accept defeat. I will drive out the culture of political targets that distort priorities."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has taken a personal lead on crime. It is a priority of the new MOPC to tackle knife and gun crime (link). At Mayor Boris Johnson’s direction, the Met introduced an intensified stop and search regime called Operation Blunt 2, and over 11,000 knives have been taken off the street since 2008 (link). In addition, when the new Met Commissioner was appointed last year, Boris made it clear that this had to be someone who had a clear strategy for tackling gang violence and youth crime and restoring pride in London (link).

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