Knife crime should be treated as a public health challenge, not a policing problem, our Director, Richard Garside, tells The Guardian newspaper today.
There is renewed concern that knife violence is on the rise following the publication of the latest crime data showing a 22 percent increase in knife crime and an 11 percent rise in gun crime.
Our Director Richard Garside today welcomed remarks by the Chair of the all-party group on knife crime that tackling knife violence was a health and education challenge, not a police issue.
The remarks by Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, came in an interview with The Guardian. She also called for a 10-year, cross-governmental strategy to tackle the problem.
London's Metropolitan Police are playing 'nudge and wink politics' over police budgets, our Director, Richard Garside told this morning's BBC Radio Four Today programme.
His comments came in response to last week's claim by the Met's Assistant Commissioner, Martin Hewitt, that it 'would be... naive... to say that if you cut a significant amount out of an organisation, you don’t have any consequences'.
Last week we collaborated with The Sunday Times on an investigation into the rise in hospital admissions for stab wounds (£).
In the twelve months to April 2016, 4,054 people were admitted to hospitals in England as a result of injuries with sharp objects. In the previous year the figure was 3,590.
Roger Grimshaw questions why the police are calling for more stop and search activity to reduce knife crime.
Roger Grimshaw and Enver Solomon explain their research on ‘knife crime’ in the context of increasing political attention on the issue
The law and order rhetoric appears to be heating up in advance of the 2015 General Election and in reaction to the fatal stabbing of school teacher Ann Maguire.