Violent crime task force visits Birmingham
A task force from the London Assembly is to travel to
Birmingham on a fact-finding mission in a bid to tackle violent
crime in the capital.
The officials will spend Friday
7th September meeting with the West
Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, senior
officers at West Midlands Police and the author of the recent
report on gangs and violence.
The members of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee
are heading to the second city because London, like the West
Midlands, has seen a recent surge in violent crime.
They are particularly interested in hearing more about a West
Midlands scheme which educates young people about the dangers of
carrying a knife.
They have also indicated they're keen to learn more about
initiatives which divert youngsters away from crime and into
training or jobs.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has been particularly keen
to combine a robust police response with treating and providing
support for those who want to reverse the cycle of
The West Midlands has borrowed ideas from the capital too. We
now have youth workers in A&E units in Birmingham who are
placed there to trace people caught up in violent crime. After
identifying the individuals they then provide support and guidance
before they discharged. That scheme has been running for some time
The PCC has pledged he'll spend £2 million tackling gangs and
violence over the next two years. Some of that money will be spent
on gang mentors who will be used to deescalate
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David
Jamieson, said: "I'm pleased to welcome the team from
"We are both battling a similar problem. Knife crime in the
West Midlands has almost doubled since 2014.
"We believe that to tackle violent crime you need to tackle
the causes including the market for drugs, unemployment and
"If there is any information or methods of tackling violent
crime which we can share then I will be more than happy to do
The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee is currently
investigating the rise of violent crime in the capital and wants
answers to why this upsurge is happening, whether policing
tactics are working and what can be done to keep Londoners