London Councils has released new guidance for boroughs to help track gang members across the capital.
The London Gang Member Referral Guide offers councils advice on tackling gang violence, keeping communities safe and supporting gang members who want to turn their lives around.
Based on the principle behind the first Integrated Gangs Unit, launched in Hackney in 2010, it offers a framework that allows councils and other agencies to effectively share information on gang members who move between boroughs, including offending history, associates and details of probation and rehabilitation programmes.
Cllr Lib Peck, London Councils’ executive member for crime and public protection, said: “Gang violence continues to be a huge concern across London and is responsible for far too many deaths and serious crimes every year.
“The new framework will help boroughs ensure they are fulfilling their safeguarding obligations and keeping residents safe, while reducing the risk of those involved in gangs reoffending and offering a smoother rehabilitation path.”
Cllr Caroline Selman, Hackney Council Cabinet member for Community Safety and Enforcement, said: “When a gang member moves from one local authority area to another, there is a danger that without an effective handover from each agency involved the risks the individual presents, and the support offered to them, will get lost. The Referral Guide enables there to be an effective case handover and can be adapted to needs and working practices of each borough to ensure that effective support and enforcement can continue.
“We are proud that the Hackney Integrated Gangs Unit is leading the way and look forward to working even more effectively in cooperation with boroughs across London.”
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Read more about the guide here.