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Metropolitan Police Commissioner questioned on rising knife crime

22 March 2019

The Home Affairs Committee hears from academics, the National Crime Agency, and Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, on effectiveness of the Government and police service's activities to counter the recent increase in violent crime.

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 March in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Professor Fiona Measham, Professor of Criminology, University of Durham
  • Steve Rodhouse, Director General (Operations), NCA
  • Harry Shapiro, Director, Drugwise
  • Dr Michael Shiner, Associate Professor, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics

At 11.00am

  • Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service
  • Dave Thompson QPM, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police

Purpose of the session

As part of its inquiry into serious violence, the Committee is taking evidence on the effectiveness of the Government and police service's activities to counter the recent increase in violent crime. The Committee will take evidence on the changing drug market, from academics and the National Crime Agency, followed by evidence on the police response to knife crime from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, and Chief Constable Dave Thompson (West Midlands Police).

The session is likely to cover:

  • Changes to the UK and international drug market, including changes in supply and demand
  • Drug-related criminality and related NCA activity, including disruptions at the UK border
  • Factors that might be driving the increase in knife crime, including school exclusions and county lines
  • The effectiveness of the Government’s response, and whether new structures or roles are needed at a national level to deal with the problem; and
  • The police’s response to knife crime, including the impact of funding cuts and the effectiveness of tactics such as stop and search.

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