Women’s Safety

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 7th June 2021.

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Photo of Marina Ahmad Marina Ahmad Labour

After the shocking murder of Sarah Everard in my constituency, what steps are the Metropolitan Police Service taking to keep women and girls safe on the streets?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Met share and recognise the concerns of Londoners and are committed to doing everything they can to keep women and girls safe. Their teams across the city continue to work tirelessly to arrest offenders and their Predatory Offender Units have made over 1200 arrests since they were established in November 2020.

The Met have also stepped up reassurance patrols of open space across London to provide increased presence in key “hotspots’. I welcome the additional Government funding for projects like the Safer Streets scheme, which will complement the Met’s own measures to help women and girls feel safer on the streets as we come out of lockdown.

The introduction of protective tools such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Sexual Risk Orders and Stalking Protection Orders in the Domestic Abuse Act will provide additional ways for the Met to protect those at risk.