he Met has arrested 500 suspects and seized 130 knives in a collection of raids throughout the capital as a part of a week-long crackdown on violent thugs.
Officers focused identified offenders and obtained warrants to search their properties whereas setting up knife arches to catch these carrying blades on London transport.
Teams additionally carried out finger-tip searches of crime hotspots the place criminals are identified to stash knives.
The Met labored intently with the British Transport Police and lots of of officers, together with particular constables and cadets, had been concerned in the crackdown.
The arrests had been made as a part of Operation Sceptre which is a nationwide policing response to the scourge of knife crime.
Last year in London 30 youngsters had been killed in London with a lot of these dying from wounds inflicted by blades. As effectively as detaining suspects and recovering weapons officers went into schools to educate younger individuals concerning the impression of knife crime on the community and its risks for them.
There had been 88 school visits whereas officers additionally spoke to shopkeepers concerning the significance of them refusing to sell blades that may be utilized by criminals.
The operation was coordinated by the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF), who handle all London-wide operations targeted on tackling violent crime.
Chief Inspector Rob Ranstead, who led the operation, said: “Our mission is to bear down on violence and make communities safer across London – it’s one of our priorities.
“Operation Sceptre is an intensification of the work we already do every single day and officers will not stop doing everything they can to target those carrying weapons on our streets.
“Education and working with young people is one of the key elements around Op Sceptre. It is about raising awareness of the dangers and consequences of knife crime. We hope that people will make the right decision and not carry a knife so we can save lives and help keep our streets safe.’’
He added: “Policing alone can’t solve violent crime and I am grateful to all those partners and community members who worked alongside us during this activity and joined our efforts.”
Met Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, has beforehand said he wished to convey the number of homicides in London down to under 100 a year, from 130.
The Met’s Violence Reduction Unit is working with the murder squad to convey numbers down. It is estimated that each homicide prices London £800,000 together with legal prices to convey killers to justice.