Met Police to hire 500 more coppers in bid to tackle London's wave of bloody violence
THE Metropolitan Police are recruiting an extra 500 officers in a bid to combat the epidemic of violence swamping the capital, its chief has announced.
London has been rocked by a surge in knife and gun crime with 60 murder investigations launched this year alone.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed today that the force has recently received a Â£110million funding boost and is using the windfall to recruit âat leastâ 500 new bobbies.
She told LBCâs Nick Ferrari: âMy main message to people is that The Met are recruiting and we want people to join us as police officers.â
Asked how many she was seeking to recruit, she replied: âWe currently have 30,000 officers. We need to recruit many more than that and Iâm hoping we will get to well over 30,500 officers, ie more than 500 more than we currently have by the beginning of next year.â
She added: âIt could be moreâ.
She also revealed the windfall has already be used to buy a fleet of new more manoeuvrable motorbikes to tackle scooter gangs.
It comes as detectives launched yet another murder probe today - after a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death in east London.
The victim was found injured after police were called to Crows Road in Barking at 11.31pm last night.
And it follows the recent release of shock data that showed an "appalling escalation" in killings, robberies and burglary in the capital.
Figures released by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee showed that there were 157 murders in 2017/18, a 44 per cent rise from 109 the previous year.
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The number of youth murders also rose by 30 per cent, from 26 in 2016/17 to 34 in 2017/18.
Personal robbery was up from 22,479 to 30,609, a rise of 36 per cent, while burglary of a dwelling went from 43,424 to 58,050, a leap of 33 per cent.
Committee chairman Steve O'Connell said: "The unacceptable rise in the most heinous crimes such as murder, street robbery and burglaries is deeply troubling.â
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