“Our communities are sick and tired of the damage being done by knife crime,” Khan said. “We are supporting communities as they stand up against knife crime, with new funding for grass-roots community activities to protect their children and drive out crime.”
The mayor has created a new 120-member violent crime task force as part of his Knife Crime Strategy to help stem street violence in the UK city.
Khan’s initiative began in June of 2017 when he outlined a comprehensive plan to get knives off the street and attack the root causes of street violence.
The mayor took action after 1,844 Londoners under the age of 25 were injured as a result of non-domestic knife crimes in 2016.
In November and December of 2017, London Met Police made more than 900 arrests during a crackdown, taking more than 350 weapons off the street.
“Firearms, bottles, and even acid can be used as a weapon, but we are also mindful that the volume of harm caused by knives in London is significant and so must be targeted and addressed,” Khan said.
The mayor’s three-point plan targets lawbreakers, works with young people and communities and supports victims.
More than 150 London schools have already received metal-detecting wands to stop students from carrying knives to school.
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