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Violence against women and girls challenged in Met day of action

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Violence against women and girls challenged in Met day of action

Teams from across the Met joined together on Thursday, 19 August in a co-ordinated operation to tackle violence against women and girls in London.

Extra engagement activity and enforcement took place on every borough, leading to more than 100 arrests for offences including domestic abuse, sexual offences and harassment.

Across the capital, patrols of hundreds of open spaces were carried out, with local safer neighbourhood teams joined by plain clothes officers to provide reassurance to communities.

Many women and girls took the opportunity to speak to officers about locations of concern and what could be done to make them feel safer, especially at night.

Known robbery hot-spots were also subject to extra patrols and Violence Suppression Units targeted areas known for high levels of violence.

During the afternoon and evening, officers visited pubs and other venues where they provided crime prevention advice and licensing training to staff to ensure that those enjoying a night out can return home safely without fear of being subjected to sexual assault or harassment.

Engagement also took place with the public outside a number of licensed venues, with officers speaking to women about personal safety and information on schemes such as 'Ask for Angela'.

Transport hubs were patrolled throughout the day, with knife arches in place at some locations and a new 'walk and talk' initiative was launched at Kings Cross Station where officers heard the thoughts of commuters around what can be done to make them feel safer.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, said: “We are fully aware that there are heightened concerns about violence among women in our city and we remain committed to doing everything we can to try and keep them safe.

“Every day officers from right across the Met are working tirelessly with partners to make sure that women and girls can go about their daily lives without the fear of becoming victims of crime.

“As yesterday demonstrated, we will always target the perpetrators of these crimes and prioritise action against sexual and violent predatory offenders.

“We hope this demonstrates our dedication to this issue and reassures anyone who is a victim of these kind of offences – or any crime – to have confidence in coming forward and reporting it to us.”

The Day of Action highlighted work that is already ongoing across the capital in order to make our streets safer. This includes the launch of the Met’s Predatory Offender Units, which have arrested over 2,000 suspects for domestic abuse, sex offences and child abuse since last November, and new Town Centre Teams, with 650 new officers now working in city centres and high streets to increase confidence in communities

DAC Connors added: “Yesterday was a great chance to pull together and capitalise on the great work that goes on every day, but we recognise there is always more to do.

“We will continue to listen to our communities and to work with our partners so that all women feel safe wherever they are in London.”