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GPS tag for offenders

14 June, 2019

A requirement for knife crime offenders to wear a GPS tag after their release from prison

• TACKLING re-offending is a key facet in our fight against rising violent crime. This is why it has been very positive to see City Hall recently increase its investment in this area.

The Mayor of London is expanding on a pilot scheme which has been operating in Lewisham, Croydon, Southwark and Lambeth, making it a requirement for knife crime offenders, deemed to be the most at risk of re-offending, to wear a GPS tag after their release from prison as part of strict licence conditions.

I welcome the decision to roll this out to boroughs and believe it will help to improve the rehabilitation of persistent offenders and protect victims. It should enable police to more effectively detect and prevent violent crime.

It is vital that we continue to come together as a community and cultivate a strong relationship with our local police teams. In this way, we will be playing our part in stopping more tragedies from occurring on our streets by sharing with officers any relevant intelligence and inform­ation we might have.

JENNETTE ARNOLD
London Assembly member, Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest

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