Drop in stabbings and shootings among young people

03 September 2012

New Scotland Yard

Stabbings and shootings among young people have fallen since the launch of the Trident Gang Crime Command just over six months ago.

  • Overall serious youth violence is down by 34 per cent, equating to 1,000 fewer victims
  • Knife injuries involving those under the age of 25 have reduced by 29 per cent
  • The number of times a gun has been discharged has dropped by 21 per cent.

Officers have been engaged in pro-active and targeted operations to tackle and disrupt criminal gang activity.

"This dedicated team is making a difference in tackling gang crime."

Since April, more than 1,500 known gang members have been arrested, many of them charged with serious offences and 125 weapons taken off the streets across London.

We have also worked with partners to divert young people away from joining gangs and becoming involved in gang crime by supporting them into a number of schemes such as mentoring, how to gain employment, substance misuse programmes and help with housing issues.

The Trident Gang Crime Command was set up in February as a dedicated unit to spearhead a renewed and long-term approach to tackling gangs in the capital.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: "We know gangs are responsible for a lot of violent crime which is why the work of this Command is so important.

"It is early days but it seems this dedicated team is making a difference in tackling gang crime. It is part of our Total Policing approach. There is more to come."

Commander Steve Rodhouse, Gangs and Organised Crime, said: "We have been working hard, with our communities and partners, to tackle gang crime and divert young people from getting involved.

"We are never complacent and there is still much to do. We always said that this was a long-term commitment to deal with a difficult and embedded issue. We are working continuously to create a hostile environment for offenders, gang members and those who support them and their criminal activity.

"We will continue to build better intelligence pictures and the central teams will pro-actively work in tandem with boroughs, arresting and targeting those individuals responsible for crime."

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: "By cracking down on gang activity we are successfully bringing down knife and gun related crimes. There is no place in our city for youth violence and we are doing everything possible to stop young people being lured into criminal networks. It will take the continued efforts of the police and communities working together to tackle gangs, but there is no greater priority than stopping violent crime."

This week to mark the milestone the Metropolitan Police Service is asking those on Twitter to re-tweet us using our hashtag - #stopgangcrime to create a virtual stand against gangs by as many people and organisations as possible.

If you have any information about gangs or those involved in gang crime, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.