Response to the resignation of Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

At the last Police and Crime Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said that she had full confidence in Sir Bernard. What has changed in less than a week? It has been clear for some time that Sadiq Khan would push out Sir Bernard, not because he has a better option lined up or because Sir Bernard had failed at his job, but…

Pokémon Go: Met could offer anti-crime tips at ‘Pokestops’

Force could replicate Leicestershire police and take advantage of gaming craze Neighbourhood policing teams in London could take advantage of the Pokémon Go craze and hand out anti-crime tips at popular game locations. Players of the game are drawn to specific places such as parks or buildings where they can catch Pokémon or other items at designated ‘Pokestops’. Community officers in South Leicester recently attended…

Mayor urged to take a stand against Anti-Semitic and terrorist flags in London

Flags of Anti-Semitic groups were flown at recent protests despite powers to remove them The Mayor and Metropolitan police should use their powers to arrest individuals flying terrorist flags at protests, marches, and rallies in London, says London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch. At the July 3rd annual ‘al-Quds Day’ rally through central London, Hezbollah flags were repeatedly seen. Hezbollah is listed in the UK as…

Gunfire detectors in ‘soft targets’ could slash armed response times and save lives

National pilot of kit in 50 undisclosed, high-footfall national sites would cost less than 1pc of annual anti-terror budget ‘Soft’ terror targets such as hospitals, museums, train stations and shopping malls should be kitted out with gunfire alarms, according to GLA Conservative Roger Evans. Currently trialled in the US, the smoke alarm sized detectors use heat and sound to detect gunfire, automatically alert police, and…

Survey states: 85% of disabled encounter some form of verbal, physical or financial abuse

· Over half of survey respondents unsatisfied with way police handled case · Six in ten don’t even report incidents to police A new report “Hidden Hate” has uncovered widespread dissatisfaction with how the criminal justice system deals with hate crime against people with disabilities. New specialist research of 131 disabled people in London carried out for the report showed that 85% of respondents encountered…

29K criminals escape with a caution including robbers, rapists and drug traffickers- And that’s just in London

28,998 cautions were handed to criminals in private by the Met (the UK’s biggest police force) in 2012/13 – a quarter* of all solved crimes in London. Almost 500 robbers, rapists and drug traffickers escaped justice. According to Met figures exclusively obtained by London Assembly Member Tony Arbour; · 5,843 criminals have been let off by the police for violent attacks with injury · 180…