Reducing knife crime and youth violence

We have provided the Local Village Network (LVN) with data privacy and corporate advice to optimize their app for use by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as they seek to stamp out knife crime and youth violence.

The app not only connects young people with individual mentors, but also employs a signposting youth mapping function that helps young people see the wide range of support available including job and apprenticeship opportunities, local events, and other youth services. It is designed so that young people can swipe through the opportunities in their area – currently there are than 1,400+ live opportunities. The MPS will pilot using the app's signposting to give police officers the tools to have more positive and meaningful interactions with young people.

"The collaboration with Hogan Lovells and the MPS could not be more timely, relevant, or welcomed," said Rachael Box, founder and CEO of grassroot charity LVN. "The last year has been a tough one for youth; 2019 saw the highest number of deaths due to knife and gang-related violence in London in 10 years, and COVID-19 means that youth unemployment could be heading for an all-time high, making young people feel more disenfranchised and leaving them potentially at risk. We want to forge as many positive connections as possible, and Hogan Lovells and MPS help us do just that."

Read the press release.

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