In the past year, deportations have been at an all-time high, with long-time UK residents being kicked out of their homes and sent away from their families. This has spread fear amongst immigrants and in turn, deterred them from going to police when they are victims of crimes or witnesses to crimes. National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Immigration Crime, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer told Voice of London: “We have recently set out a clear position on exchanging information about victims of crime with immigration enforcement to encourage a consistent approach across the country. Chief constables have endorsed this position and are amending local policies accordingly. When someone reports a crime police will always, first and foremost, treat them as a victim.” The lack of t
The Metropolitan Police could be deploying armed foot patrols in London areas where “gang activity is likely” to prevent violence. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on Thursday that armed officers could take a “short foot patrol” during “extreme circumstances” to deal with serious outbreaks of violence. She added that the practice would not be routine. Instead, it would only be done in “unusual circumstances” when the threat of gang violence is “imminent”. The patrols would be carried out by officers from armed response vehicles that routinely patrol London and they would provide support to neighborhood police and specialist teams. Ms. Dick said that armed officers were “already” getting out of this vehicles to sup
The Voice of London spoke exclusively to a Police Constable on the condition of anonymity regarding cuts, and how the police keep our streets safe. The officer revealed the environment the police have to work in, touching on everything from being overworked, fearing for their safety and a lack of resources. The interview was recreated with actors in order to safeguard the officers identity. Information obtained by the Voice of London reveals that the borough of Harrow has lost over a third of its Police officers since 2010 and almost 80% of its PCSOS. The figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal a staggering decrease in police numbers. See also: VoL investigates the scale of knife crime In 2010 Harrow was served by 354 warranted officers but...
A new study published by the British Medical Journal found that under-16s are at the highest risk of getting stabbed on their way home from school. “The period immediately after school accounts for a large proportion of [stabbing] incidents in children, and these predominantly occur close to home and school,” said the report led by Paul Vulliamy from the Centre for Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. This research follows a week of violence in London. At least five people have been stabbed to death in London this week. On Monday evening a 16-year-old was stabbed to death in front of his parents, with friends describing him as “bubbly” and “polite”. The BMJ wrote that the highest frequency of stabbings on under 16-year-olds occurred between 4 pm and 6 pm and within 5km