The Met is completely reprioritising how it protects the public from harm and transforming how it safeguards the vulnerable and combats violence against women and children.
Strengthening Public Protection Programme (SPP)
Under the Strengthening Public Protection Programme (SPP), more than 550 officers and staff will boost the strength of our expert teams. We are making this critical work a top priority for everyone in the Met, so there is no doubt as to its importance.
We will support vulnerable victims better. We will bring more and more criminals to justice, especially those who cause the greatest harm.
Newly strengthened specialist teams will work more closely with local police and partners. These teams will have growing expertise in:
harmful practices, including forced marriage, honour-based abuse and female genital mutilation
safeguarding vulnerable children and adults
'Child first' strategy
A new 'child first' strategy will radically reset how we keep children and young people safe.
Refreshed training will ensure all our officers have the right skills to tackle and to prevent what is often complex criminality. We’re reinforcing our relationships with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to secure more positive outcomes for victims at the courts.
Focusing on perpetrators
Projects such as Operation Soteria, will build on our already improving success rate for prosecuting rape and sexual offences. This puts the investigative focus squarely on suspects. We will also improve our response to domestic abuse and stalking. We will target known offenders and use technology to better protect victims and get better evidence faster.
Our V100 initiative uses data analytics to identify and target the 100 men who pose the most risk to women. This enables us to prioritise our interventions to have the biggest impact, reducing the threat perpetrators pose and the harm they cause.
We are trialling new technology to photograph injuries more clearly so courts can see the real impact of domestic violence. We will look across policing and wider to identify innovative approaches to supporting victims and targeting abusers.
Multi-agency support service
We know that both violence and its aftermath can be deeply traumatic. We will work with partners to deliver a comprehensive multi-agency support service. This involves working together and sharing more information where appropriate, so we can improve how we all help victims deal with trauma and navigate the criminal justice process.
We will ensure officers are properly trained to:
respond as compassionately and effectively to victims as possible
get forensic specialist to scenes quicker
ensure our investigators work more closely with witness care units as cases progress through the courts
We will also improve the information we provide victims to they know what is happening in their case from beginning to end.