Havering was part of the first tri-borough Serious Violence Summit which brought together key partners and local communities to discuss jointly tackling violent crime.
Hosted by Barking and Dagenham Council, in partnership with Havering and Redbridge Councils, the event was attended by more than 240 delegates who looked at the issues around serious violence and shared ideas on solutions.
The meeting was attended by Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, as well as local community and faith groups, teachers, police and court staff.
Councillor Viddy Persaud, Havering Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said: “The summit was a great opportunity to share our expertise as well as learn about some of the innovative work that our neighbouring authorities are doing and how we can work better together.
“Serious violence is not just a London problem, it is happening everywhere and we need to be engaging with all our communities, particularly young people, and find more ways to support them and steer them away from a life of crime.”
Keith Prince, London Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge, said: “It’s important that the three boroughs and the Met come together to tackle these issues, as no one service can do so alone. We can learn from each other and get ideas from other services.
“By jointly working together and engaging with the community, getting to the source of these issues we have a better chance of success.”
Plans are being developed to host further summits across the three boroughs.