London knife security test shows no results for the first 6 weeks


A police trial aimed at preventing a 12-year-old from carrying a knife did not lead to a single proceeding in the first six weeks.

The Knife Security Order (KCPO) is being piloted by the Metropolitan Police Department by using courts to impose restrictions on those who believe they are at the “front line” of violence.

However, the numbers obtained by PA News Agency under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act indicate that only two orders were filed by Met in the first six weeks of the trial, both of which were rejected by the Justice of the Peace. is showing.

The unit said the two failed applications “learning was identified,” adding that although both were distributed along with the sentence for the knife crime, two orders were subsequently granted.

The 14-month trial began on July 7, this year. Concerned about youth violence in the capital, police should apply to the Magistrates’ Court for orders of those who have blades, regularly have knives, or appear to be related to knives. I can. Convicted.

Conditions imposed as part of the KCPO include a curfew, restrictions on the use of social media, and a ban on travel outside certain geographic boundaries.

The court can also request the implementation of various activities, including educational courses, referrals to sports clubs, relationship counseling, anger management, drug rehabilitation, etc., with up to two years’ imprisonment in the event of a breach.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel will depart London’s 10 Downing Street on September 15, 2021. (Victoria Jones / PA)

Interior Minister Priti Patel said the order “will crack down on those with weapons and at the same time intervene to keep them away from violent lives,” and if considered successful, the plan would be across England and Wales. He added that it would be deployed in.

However, in the first six weeks of the trial, Scotland Yard rejected both KCPO applications.

One was for a 23-year-old Asian man and the other was for an 18-year-old black man, FOI said. Both were previously convicted of possessing a knife.

Mr. Met said he has successfully filed two orders since then. One is an 18-year-old man from Hillindon who was given KCPO in addition to eight months’ imprisonment for possessing a knife, and the other was an order for 32 years. An old man handed KCPO with 50 weeks in prison for swinging two knives in eeling.

At the start of the pilot program, its leader, Commander Ade Adelecan, described fears of racial profiling as “a valid question to ask” and said the military had conducted an ongoing review of equality impact assessments. ..

He added: [pilot] If it actually works, it’s a good idea to properly evaluate why it works, but if it doesn’t, I think you need to stop it pretty quickly. “

It is understood that Adelekan is no longer in charge of the scheme.

A Met spokesman said:

“As is often the case with new legislation, police and other agencies involved in KCPO are navigating new processes and accumulating knowledge after the initial launch.

“Learning was identified after the two applications failed and we were able to understand how the court would interpret the civil order and adapt it to the required thresholds.”

A spokesman said the effectiveness of the trial was “continuously evaluated” and “during the rest of the trial, more KCPOs were granted by the court, saving lives and making the community safer. I’m sure. “

Police Minister Kit Malthouse, who advocated the introduction of KCPO, said the case was “quite good so far.”

He tells PA:

“Don’t forget. Knife security orders can force you to go to a training or treatment course to solve their problems: you have a knife. .. [and] Hopefully we can take them straight and in tight spaces and lead a productive life like our others. “

A spokesman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “In the early days, KCPO alone cannot reduce violent crimes and must be part of a much larger scale, including addressing the causes of crimes. It makes it clear that we have to. “

The daily assessment is led by Mets’ Strategic Insights Unit with the help of experts from the University of Cambridge and University College London.

Ryan Hooper and Sam Russell