Who we are

Trident and Area Crime Command

Who we are

Tackling gang violence is a key priority for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The Trident Gang Crime Command has responsibility for tackling gang violence and the prevention and investigation of all non-fatal shootings in London, regardless of the victim’s background.

The command has been set up to ensure all our expertise and skills are brought together and used in a more targeted and effective way. This will allow us to relentlessly pursue gangs and gang members across London through proactive operations and investigations, whilst improved monitoring of gang activity will allow us to swiftly put our resources in to places where they are needed most.

However, we recognise the police can not tackle gang violence alone. Therefore we’re committed to working with our partners and the public to prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place.
Our main aims are to:

  • Reduce levels of homicide, firearms discharge and serious youth violence.
  • Reduce the harm caused by street gangs and organised criminal networks across London.
  • Effectively identify those gang members that pose the most risk from their involvement in gangs and serious youth violence.
  • With others deliver interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved in gang crime and serious youth violence.

We will deliver these by focusing on three main elements:

  • Enforcement - by identifying and pursuing the most harmful gangs and gang members through proactive investigations and operations.
  • Prevention and diversion - through identifying young people on the periphery of gangs and working with partners to divert them away.
  • Tasking and coordination - through monitoring armed and gang-related activity to ensure the right resources are quickly in the right places.

These elements are supported by two key enablers:

  • Community engagement - through speaking and listening to communities and acting on their concerns.
  • Intelligence - through a more consistent way of gathering, disseminating and prioritising information about armed criminality and gang related crime

The Trident Gang Crime Command brings together existing good practice in tackling gangs, such as Operation Connect, the Hackney model and Trident’s previous expertise in preventing and investigating shootings; ensuring there is a more consistent approach to handling and prioritising intelligence, and ensuring proven prevention activities are adopted.

How you can help

To tackle this problem effectively we need the help of London’s communities. Together we can bring offenders to justice and protect communities and our young people.

If you have any information about gangs or those involved in gang crime you should speak to the police by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

Alternatively you can give information anonymously through Crimestoppers - an independent charity - on 0800 555 111.