The capital’s 432 state-funded secondary schools would each gain a “dedicated” police officer under plans to tackle knife crime unveiled by Labour’s Ken Livingstone.
Labour say the move would provide better intelligence to the police and help the Met improve relationships with young people.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Livingstone claimed “knife crime has risen every year for the last three years”.
Mr Livingstone added: “The Mayor’s endless gimmicks haven’t cracked the problem. I spent last year meeting residents in every borough and the message came over loud and clear – growing levels of knife crime we are seeing on our streets are a serious concern.”
“I am not going to make the mistake of this Tory Mayor and wind up expectations and make promises I can’t deliver. My plans are simple and straight forward and unlike the Tory administration I will listen properly to develop them so that we start from the experiences of Londoners.”
Commenting on Mr Livingstone’s policies Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor for policing and crime in London, said: “Boris Johnson is not going to take lectures off a man who ignored knife crime to such an extent that he didn’t even think it was worth recording figures for it.”
“Boris in contrast has taken 11,000 knives off the streets and started to tackle reoffending with initiatives such as the Heron Unit at Feltham, which has cut reoffending rates by a third.”
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) and Boris Johnson (Conservative). A full list of candidates can be found here.