The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan last Friday announced the creation of a new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) which will lead an urgent review of homicide and the most serious violent incidents.
Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2018
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan last Friday announced the creation of a new Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) which will lead an urgent review of homicide and the most serious violent incidents in the capital.
The results of the review will help to develop a long-term public health approach to tackling serious violence in London. The VRU will use a capital-wide review of homicide and serious violence cases to understand and establish key trends to inform its work and set out priorities. The review will help to determine where to focus attention in order to deliver early, local interventions to help reduce the spread of violence across the city.
The VRU Partnership Reference Group - an advisory body, will initially focus on setting up the unit and set strategic direction and priorities. The group includes leaders from the Metropolitan Police, Public Health England and other health services, criminal justice agencies, community and youth groups and local authorities. It will also be supported by members of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit which led the approach to tackling violence initially in Glasgow more than a decade ago, and now works right across Scotland.
The aim of the VRU is to divert people away from violence by making interventions at an early age and providing young Londoners with better, positive life opportunities. Sadiq believes this approach must work alongside enforcement - which is why he continues to support the Met and its City Hall-funded Violent Crime Taskforce, which has made more than 1500 arrests and removed hundreds of knives and dangerous weapons from the streets of London.
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce said:
“We welcome this initiative of the Mayor’s towards getting to the root cause of the spiralling of violent crime across the Capital. Early intervention, education and prevention of crime is far preferable than trying to deal with the consequences. We look forward to the restoration of safety on our streets and an end to the violence that has blighted the lives of so many.”