View from the House: Ministers must give the Met resources
PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 April 2018
Violent crime has been on the rise since 2014 and in recent weeks we have seen too many lives lost on the streets of London to guns and knives.
I know residents will be concerned about this violence, and how it will be tackled by an already overstretched police force.
The Mayor of London had announced an extra 1,000 police officers for London.
He has also set up a 120-strong Violent Crime Taskforce with the Metropolitan police commissioner, and is funding programmes aimed at helping people leave gangs – in total, 23 gang-crime-related projects.
This will be an £8.3million investment in these projects over two years, alongside a £45million Young Londoners Fund.
The government must now step up and do its bit by investing more in the police. Leaked Home Office documents have said government cuts to police “likely contributed” to the rise in violent crime, despite claims by home secretary Amber Rudd that police cuts have had no impact on rising violence.
Burying their heads in the sand, failing to take warnings from senior police officers and failing to read Home Office documents shows the government does not yet understand the scale of the problem.
Instead, ministers should come to the table with an open mind and work out a plan to give the police the resources needed, and ensure young Londoners get the support they deserve to keep them away from gangs. Anything less than that is a failure of their duty to stop this violence.