The government has agreed to give an extra £100m to the police to help them tackle a knife crime "epidemic" in England and Wales. The money will mainly go to the seven forces where violence is highest. But the fund falls short of the £200m to £300m requested by police chiefs through the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) last week. Chancellor Philip Hammond initially said police forces must use their existing budgets to tackle knife crime. The NPCC welcomed the new money, which was announced in the chancellor's Spring Statement, saying it would increase the number of officers patrolling crime hotspots, increase the use of stop and search and disrupt criminal gangs.
The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has promised to "bear down" on large rises in violent crime in London. Gun offences surged by 42% in the capital between April 2016 and April 2017, and knife crime went up by 24%. Cressida Dick said the figures "worry" her, and that tackling the two crimes will be a priority. She also warned there would have to be "some changes" to security following the Westminster terror attack. The annual statistics released by the Met last week showed there were 2,544 gun crimes in the city, compared to 1,793 the previous year.
Police in Vancouver, British Columbia are cracking down on burglary with a machine learning solution that uses an algorithm to deconstruct crime patterns. Through spatial analytics, police are able to predict where residential break-and-enters will occur and place police patrols accordingly. The department first tried this technology with a pilot test that reduced burglary by more than 20% month over month. Now they are making the approach common practice. "Every 28 days, our management reviews crime trends, crime clustering, and crime issues across the city," said Ryan Prox, Special Constable in Charge of Crime Analytics Advisory and Development Unit, Vancouver Police.