The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has vowed to step up police efforts in combating knife crime in the wake of the death of 16-year-old Ben Kinsella.I know he never passes up an opportunity to get his face on the news, but what the hell is that supposed to mean? ‘Step up’ police efforts…? What were they doing before….?
Speaking at City Hall, Sir Ian Blair said the community needed to reach out to teenagers and their parents.He didn’t specify just how the ‘whole community’ was supposed to do this, nor what kind of ‘alternatives’ he had in mind.
Sir Ian expressed his "deep sadness" at the death of the teenager and said the death would see police "rededicate efforts to stop others dying".
He re-emphasised his support for the London Mayor Boris Johnson's overall approach, but said some factors went beyond policing.
Sir Ian said: "We need as the whole community of London to reach out to young people and their parents to get rid of the knives on our streets and provide them with alternatives to crime and gang membership."
In fact, he sounded remarkably like a middle manager at a bank, preparing his staff for a painful round of staffing cutbacks or an overly complicated new processing system, and determined to pre-emptively spread a little bit of blame in the event it all goes tits up. Funny, that….