Met aim to make London �s the world's safest major city

Sir John Stevens tells conference that effective partnerships with local communities has helped reduce burglaries and street crime

The Metropolitan Police Service hosted the first Crime Fighting Conference in the Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith this week with the aim of reducing serious crime in the capital.

Amongst the illustrious speakers were Met Commissioner Sir John Stevens, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Director of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science Professor Gloria Laycock.

Sir John Stevens said: "Our vision is to make London the safest major city in the World. Building effective partnerships with local communities has helped us to reduce burglary and street crime. We now want to hear your views, learn from your experiences and engage your support to drive down serious crime in our capital."

Those invited to attend the conference included politicians, business leaders, local authority partners, academics, charity and voluntary workers and crime victims and their representatives. They all were able to participate in a question and answer session with a panel chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy with Lord Toby Harris Chair of the Met. Police Authority, MPS Deputy Commissioner Ian Blair, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the MPS Serious Crime Group - Bill Griffiths, Professor John Grieve and Lee Jasper.

Senior Met officers spoke on their own specific crime responsibilities and took part in workshops on issues including murder and serious violence, gun crime, children as victims of serious crime and organised crime in vulnerable communities. All of the Specialist Crime Directorate's Departments illustrated their work on exhibition stands at the conference.

April 5, 2003