• Melina Rauter

Thousands of knives seized by the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce

MORE than 3000 knives have been confiscated from the streets and more than 16,800 arrests have been made by the The Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) according to the Met.

The VCTF, launched four years ago and funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is a team of specialised officers whose mission is to reduce violent crime and robbery. They are stationed in districts of London that are most at danger of violent outbursts, so they can help and protect the people who need it the most.

Met Officers, Credit: Met Media Library

Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Hill, who leads the VCTF, said: “The VCTF is full of highly-skilled and specialised officers who are absolutely critical in our efforts to tackle violence and robbery head on. They are an agile team and flex across London depending on where they are needed the most.”

The unit also leads and manages London-wide anti-violence efforts, such as Operation Sceptre, which begins today, Monday May 16. Officers across London will increase their activities to prevent knife crime and target high-harm offenders and those carrying weapons as part of this national knife crime campaign.

According to the Met, the VCTF alone has achieved great success since its inception in April 2018 up until April 2022, these include:

  • 16,812 total arrests for possession of firearms, knives, offensive weapons and drugs;

  • 3,148 knives taken off the streets;

  • 696 firearms seized;

  • 2,008 offensive weapons recovered;

  • 15,369 other seizures including drugs;

  • 340 mopeds/scooters;

  • 2,896 vehicles seized;

  • 22,976 weapons sweeps.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m proud to have funded the establishment of the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce, which is working around the clock to target the most dangerous offenders and to bear down on violence across our city.

“I’d like to pay tribute to all the brave police officers who have served as part of the new taskforce for their excellent work helping us to drive down violent crime and make communities safer across London.”