Since December 7, 904 people were arrested in the Capital (Image: GETTY)
Since December 7, 904 people were arrested in the Capital, which has seen terrifying surge in knife crime with more than 100 people having been murdered since the start of 2018. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said tackling violent crime and homicides was a “massive challenge”, adding she would continue to prioritise it in 2019. In a briefing looking back over the year, Ms Dick said more than 500 guns, 2,000 knives and 900 other weapons have been seized this financial year. She said: “I do think we need to keep up our effort on that next year. It will remain a very very high priority.”
She added an increase in stop and search was “absolutely” linked to a reduction in the number of knife injuries sustained by young people.
Her words are a stark contrast to those from Mr Khan who controversially said that should he be elected mayor he would “do everything in my power to cut stop and search”, because it felt it damaged communities and “undermines” confidence in the police.
He said: “Overuse of stop and search can have a dramatic effect on communities. It undermines public confidence in our police if Londoners are being stopped and searched for no good reason.”
Knife crime injuries of the under-25s is now decreasing, Ms Dick also said (Image: GETTY)
Knife crime injuries of the under-25s is now decreasing, Ms Dick also said, adding it was down 13 percent this year compared to last.
Public confidence in police tactics has “largely held up”, she also noted, citing the use of stop and search under Section 60 at Notting Hill carnival and assertive tactics to stop moped crime.
Under Section 60, officers can search anyone in a certain area without reasonable grounds.
Ms Dick said: “The public have largely hugely supported us in this and we feel that they understand why we are doing what we are doing, and they support is in doing it and want us to do more, not less.”
Approximately 28 percent of the stop and searches carried out since April have yielded “positive outcomes”, with 16 percent of these involving people who were carrying weapons.