Detectives from the Met Police’s newly formed Violent Crime Taskforce seized a number of knives, drugs and a firearm from the capital’s streets this weekend – Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 April.
Inspector Peter Moxham, from the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “This weekend, a team of officers carried out more than 40 stop and searches as well as searching eight properties in north London. Seven arrests were made and we took a number of offensive weapons and Class ‘A’ drugs off London’s streets; including a revolver handgun.
“Many members of local communities engaged with us positively and told us how happy they are with the activities we were undertaking to disrupt violent crime, and that they hope to see more of it.
“Quite often, we are patrolling in undercover vehicles and dressed in plain clothes – just because you cannot see us, does not mean we are not around.”
The taskforce is composed of full-time, specially selected, ring-fenced and dedicated police officers, who are solely focus on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.
The team will use a full range of tactics to identify, target and arrest offenders, and leave a legacy of community impact in the boroughs they are deployed to.
These will include covert and overt tactics specifically targeting street level offenders as well as those who feed criminality.
The unit will be supported by borough officers, the Trident and Area Crime Command and specialist units, as well as community partners. This approach will deliver policing above and below ground allowing a sustained and targeted approach to stopping and solving murders and knife crimes.
Uniformed officers will be highly visible as they crack down on offending on the capital’s streets.