At the 7/7 memorial event last month, I witnessed the devastating effects of crime and terrorism, and the steely resolve of victims to rebuild their lives. Our victim services review, led by Baroness Newlove, found gaps where the criminal justice system needs to do more, but as we spend time with family and friends this summer, we mustn't lose sight of all that the police and others do to keep Londoners safe and prevent victimisation.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime
Mayor secures extra £2.4m for London crime victims
MOPAC has secured an additional £2.36 million to fund improvements to victims services in London, bringing the total to £6.7 million for the period from October 2014 to March 2015. This will allow MOPAC to plug the gaps in provision identified in a major review led by Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove.
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Mayor Boris Johnson have announced that the MPS will recruit exclusively from Londoners to fill the ranks of new police constables. From August 1 new criteria for applicants will help ensure the force is more resilient and more reflective of the city it serves.
Launching the first compulsory sobriety scheme in the UK Boris Johnson said: 'I pledged to tackle this booze culture [and] this is an approach that has seen impressive results in the US, steering binge drinkers away from repeated criminal behaviour.'
Official crime figures demonstrate the clear progress being made by the Metropolitan Police compared to the rest of England and Wales. London saw a total of 698,729 offences in 2013/14 - down by over 70,000 offences in a single year.
MOPAC's Business Crime Strategy, endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Service, the National Crime Agency, and the City of London Police, outlines how London will tackle fraud and economic crimes against businesses.
Baroness Newlove has completed a major review into the treatment of victims and witnesses of crime in London, which comes ahead of MOPAC taking on responsibility for the funding of victim services in the capital from October 2014.