Knife arches will be in place at schools over next two weeks after spate of violent crime

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Knife arches will be in place at schools over next two weeks after spate of violent crime

Postby Community Editor » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:56 am

The police officer charged with keeping Wandsworth and Merton safe has spoken out following a string of violent crimes.

Chief Superintendent and BCU Commander for South West London, Sally Benatar took to social media to address recent incidents that have rocked communities.

"As you may have heard, in the past week, an 18 year-old man was seriously injured in a stabbing on Balham Hill, and four people were injured when a shotgun was discharged on Figges Marsh in Mitcham," she said.

"My thoughts are with those impacted by these violent incidents and their family and friends.

"Following these distressing events, we decided to implement the use of stop and search powers using Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994."

Section 60 differs from normal stop and search because it enables police officers to stop and search a person without requiring reasonable grounds to suspect that they or a vehicle are carrying weapons or dangerous objects.

"When it comes to long-term solutions to violent crime, we encourage the proactive use of stop and search where reasonable grounds exist," Ms Benatar added.

"This proves to be one of our most effective means of taking dangerous weapons off the street.

"Tackling violent crime remains a top priority for the Met, and goes hand-in-hand with our particular BCU priorities of putting victims first and preventing harm.

"We also prioritise effective safeguarding, and our schools officers are working hard to protect and educate our young people in the dangers of carrying knives.

"Knife arches will be in place at schools over the next two weeks, and officers have increased reassurance patrols around the Balham area in light of last Wednesday’s stabbing."

But she said the police can't do it alone.

"Our communities have a vital role to play in tackling violent crime; only by working effectively together with residents and partner agencies can we truly make a positive difference to our young people," she added.

"If you have valuable information that you think we should know, but feel uncomfortable talking to the police, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers instead.

"They do not ask your name and they cannot trace your call (or IP address). Your knowledge could save a life and make London a safer city for us all." It is a temporary power with a distinct time limit, and it is limited to a specific geographical area.

Over the weekend, the S60 was active across Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth.

Police said that more than 20 stop and searches were conducted in the Battersea and Balham Hill areas following Thursday’s S60, and two people were arrested for drugs offences. 

Photo: Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar


 
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Postby rubyonrails » Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:03 pm

Goodness it's like being in down town NY.  Knife arches really? Not that I don't think that they are necessary just how has it come to this??
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Re: Knife arches will be in place at schools over next two weeks after spate of violent crime

Postby windmill26 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:40 pm

Can you post a list of the schools? or every secondary school in Wandsworth is going to have them?
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Postby Mscmarie3 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:30 am

I teach across London and have seen this at quite a few schools, mostly secondary or primary schools which have high schools attached. Also, police at the school gates or I heard of one school that has police on-site die to the violence at the school. Sadly, this may now become the norm in order to keep our kids safe.
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Postby janee » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:38 pm

1.  Putting the police back on the beat might help.  I haven't seen a police officer walking around for months.
2.  It used to be the case that there were police officers assigned to large schools which enabled pupils to have an informal relationship with the police.
3.  Putting knife arches in schools will only stop pupils taking knives into school.  It will do nothing to prevent those who have been "off rolled" (unofficially excluded) from schools (mainly academies) from carrying knives.  There are at least 20,000 young people for whom there is no information about where they are during the day.  This article puts the figure of young people out of educational establishments as much higher.
4.  The way of judging schools does not use the progress pupils make while they are at the school.  At the moment this encourages schools, particularly some named academy trusts, to actively advise pupils that they are not welcome in the school because they will not support claims to have improved exam results.  Education Datalab have done work on this.

It is not schools which decide overall education policy and destroying the cooperation between schools by forcing them to compete against each other does not help.
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Postby janee » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:01 pm

I am just watching this evidence given to a Parliamentary Committee: https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Ind ... 96ed3a9eb1
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