Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Police work on new anti-gang plan

The Metropolitan Police is working on a new strategy to tackle gang-related crime in London

Scotland Yard is developing a new strategy to tackle gang-related crime and serious youth violence in the capital.

The force confirmed senior Metropolitan Police officials are in the process of finalising details of the fresh approach, which will put an enhanced focus on cracking down on London's gang culture.

It is believed Trident, the Met's specialist unit to investigate gun-related murders within the black community, will be at the forefront of the new strategy.

A Met Police spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police Service is developing a new strategy to tackle gang-related crime and serious youth violence in London.

"The new approach will enhance our anti-gang activities, improve co-ordination and tasking, and increase proactive operations, while making sure our skills and expertise in this area are used more consistently and effectively.

"The new plan will also look at how we can enhance our work with partners to divert young people away from gangs so they are able to make a more positive contribution to London's communities."

The spokesman added: "Trident is a key part of how we tackle gangs and remains responsible for preventing and investigating shootings in London."