Knife crime prevention trial sees no results in first six weeks

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A police trial aimed at preventing people under the age of 12 from carrying knives did not result in a single court action during its first six weeks, it has emerged.

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The Knife Crime Prevention Order (KCPO) is being operated by the Metropolitan Police using the courts to ban people they believe are “on the cusp of violence”.

But data obtained by the PA news agency under freedom of information (FOI) laws show that only two orders were enforced by the Met during the first six weeks of the trial — and both were overturned by magistrates.


The force said it “learned to be identified” from its two failed applications, adding that it ordered two, though both were handed down prison sentences for knife offenses.

The 14-month trial was launched on 7 July this year – amid concerns about youth violence in the capital – allowing police to apply to magistrates’ courts for an order on anyone they believe. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About

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

Courts can also ask for a range of activities such as educational courses, sports club referrals, relationship counseling, anger management and drug rehabilitation, with any violation punishable by up to two years in prison.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the orders would “crack down on those with weapons, as well as intervene to distance them from lives of violence”, adding that the plan would be implemented in England and Wales if successful.

But in the first six weeks of the trial, Scotland Yard had turned down both of its KCPO applications.

One was for a 23-year-old Asian man, the other for an 18-year-old black man, the FOI revealed. Both have been convicted in the past for possession of a knife.

The Met said it has successfully applied for two orders—one for an 18-year-old from Hillingdon, who was given a KCPO in addition to an eight-month prison sentence for possessing a knife, and one for 32-year-old Ealing. Old man assigned to a KCPO with a prison sentence of 50 weeks for brandishing two knives in

Speaking at the launch of the pilot scheme, its chief, Commander Ade Adelkan, described fears over racial profiling as “a valid question to ask”, and said the force had carried out a similarity impact assessment that would be continually reviewed. .

He added: “If it (pilot) really works then I suggest we need to evaluate exactly why it works, but if it doesn’t work I think we need to do it fairly Need to stop soon.”

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

A weather spokesman said: “Meta is 10 weeks into a 14-month pilot and has so far been given a KCPO in London.

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

“Learning after two unsuccessful applications was identified and allowed us to better understand how courts can interpret civil orders and adapt to the limits required.”

The spokesman said the effectiveness of the trial was being “continuously evaluated”, adding: “We are confident that during the remainder of the trial period we will see more KCPOs awarded by the courts, saving lives and making communities safer.”

Police Minister Kit Malthhouse, who advocated the introduction of the KCPO, described the test as “so far so good”.

He told PA: “Obviously it’s early days so we’ll see where we go.

“Don’t forget, a knife crime prevention order may force them to go on some training course or therapeutic course to try to solve the problems they’ve found, that means they’re carrying knives, (and) hopefully get them in a straight and narrow and productive life like the rest of us.”

A spokesman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “While this is early days, the mayor has made clear that KCPOs alone will not reduce violent crime, and should be part of a larger package of measures that includes tackling the causes of crime.” included.”

The assessment, which will be carried out on a daily basis, is led by the Met’s Strategic Insights Unit with the help of experts from Cambridge University and University College London.

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