OUR CRIME AND POLICING REPORTS
IN HARM'S WAY: PROTECT OUR POLICE
By Susan Hall AM, March 2019
Police officers are our first line of protection in London and perform an outstanding job every day, protecting both us and our city. However, violent crime has increased, such as assault, which is up 15 per cent since 2015/16, and in turn, so has violence and attacks against police officers. Assaults on police officers have increased by a staggering 81.9 per cent. This is an unacceptable increase and should not be part of the job. The Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, said, “We don’t come to work to get assaulted”. There are simple and easy methods to reduce the risk to the police and we owe it to our officers to put their protection at the forefront of what we do.
There are new and emerging trends, such as the filming of interactions between the police and the public, where videos can be clipped and manufactured to portray the police in a negative light. This could sour community relations and can potentially cause reprisals.
Police officers are not only at risk from physical harm, but also psychological harm. Between August 2014 and July 2017, there was a total of 2,329 instances of police officer sickness due to stress, anxiety and depression-related illnesses. It is vital that modern services are available to help police officers in their times of need; services that are tailored to them rather than a one-size-fits-all model.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A NEW ERA IN POLICING
By Steve O'Connell AM, July 2018
Besides crime, there are three big challenges facing the Met and policing in general: resources, demand and technology. Each area presents its own challenges but interlink with the others and the Met’s ability to tackle crime.
The MPS is already undertaking a modernisation programme with the implementation of digital policing such as iPads. This report will look at how embracing Artificial Intelligence is the next logical step and will build upon the work already done. Where the MPS is already undertaking work, such as Facial Recognition, this report will look for the lessons to be learned.
This report will show that Artificial Intelligence can not only help solve the problems faced by the MPS, but it also has the potential to improve outcomes. It will give Londoners a better police service that is equipped to deal with modern and old threats alike.
LONDONERS' LIVES MATTER: REVERSING THE RISE IN KNIFE CRIME
By Shaun Bailey AM, January 2018
Knife crime is on the rise in London. From 2011 to 2015, the number of knife crimes fell 32 per cent. Sadly, over the past two years, the direction has reversed, with knife crime rising by 43.62 per cent over this mayoralty. Tragically, knife crime is most commonly perpetrated by and against vulnerable young people, with BAME Londoners being highly over- represented amongst the victims.
This report provides an overview of the evidence around violence prevention, breaks down the Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy, and proposes recommendations that could form the core of a greatly improved knife crime prevention strategy.
SAFE AND SECURE: PROTECTING LONDON'S DATA
By Gareth Bacon AM, August 2016
Cybercrime is no longer the preserve of the perceived lone wolf bedroom hacker, and nor is cyber security the preserve of just large multinational companies’ IT Departments. The inherent and simultaneous benefits and risks of modern digital networks mean that the ability to protect data should be at the heart of all organisations.
More than ever, individuals are willingly providing their personal data to organisations in order to access services.
This places the organisations which hold this information at a constantly increasing risk of online security breaches, and the individuals who provide their data at an ever increasing risk of their personal information ending up in the wrong hands.
The Mayor of London, and the Greater London Authority as a whole, is in a unique position where they can influence the decision making of businesses across London.
This influence, if wielded effectively, could encourage better data security standards which will not only be beneficial for London’s businesses, but anyone who provides their personal data to an organisation based in London.
London has the opportunity to lead the way in improving data security, setting standards that the rest of the country aspires to match.