Armed police may be deployed to patrol areas of London where “gang activity is likely” following a rise in violent crime in the capital.
Scotland Yard stressed that it was not considering routine patrols by officers carrying guns and said discussions were at an early stage. A memo from the force said the it would be a “temporary measure for short periods of time”, and used “based on an informed and reliable intelligence picture of where gang activity is likely”.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said she was aware of the controversy the proposals could cause. But appearing before the London Assembly police and crime committee, she argued they were only a “half a step on” from what officers carrying guns already do.