Met's Gang Unit To Stop Investigating Murders
Wednesday 13th March 2013
Scotland Yard insists controversial changes to its Trident unit will improve the way the force investigates shootings in London.
Trident, which was originally set up to respond to crime among black Londoners, won't now investigate fatal shootings. They will now be taken on by the force's Homicide Command.
The former chair of the Trident Independent Advisory Group Claudia Webbe thinks the Met is ignoring the issue of race.
"Trident, with its murder investigation team set up over a decade ago, I think was the first dedicated response to address this problem.
"The Metropolitan Police Service - and probably the Mayor as well, who actually oversees the Met - perhaps are in a position where they are actually now denying the issue of race and are brushing it aside as though it doesn't matter.
But Met Police Commander Steve Rodhouse, who's responsible for investigating gangs, has told Nick officers can now focus on stopping gun crime.
He said: "It's a good news story for London. 120 officers doing more work to reduce gun and gang crime in London, which is already reducing.
"Trident is going nowhere. Trident is here to maintain the fight against gun and gang crime in London."
Boris Johnson has told Nick Ferrari that officers can now focus on stopping gun crime. He said: "The anti-homicide unit is being done by homicide, but the prevention side of it is still carrying on under Trident.
"And that is the crucial thing, to tackle gang crime in London, just as we continue to tackle knife crime as well."