Boris Johnson has ordered all Whitehall departments to take action to tackle crime as he declared that he wanted to “roll up” county lines drugs gangs.
At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, he told ministers that “every department in Whitehall should consider itself a criminal justice department” as part of a drive to tackle the “complex causes of crime.”
That would involve long-term reforms to improve health, social care, youth services and education, Downing Street said.
Earlier he had warned that county lines gangs which run drugs from cities into towns and villages across Britain were “killing young kids” and reducing the quality of life for people across the country.
“We are putting 20,000 more police on the streets,” Mr Johnson said in his first major broadcast interview since the New Year. “I want to see crime come down. I want to see the county lines drugs gangs wound up, rolled up.
“They are reducing the quality of life for people across our country. They are killing young kids. I want to see that thing totally wound up.”
At the Cabinet meeting, Mr Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland led the discussion on tackling crime.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson told the Cabinet the Government “was elected on a mandate of being tough on crime, delivering 20,000 more police officers and ensuring that serious offenders spend longer behind bars.”
“Cabinet was told that every department in Whitehall should consider itself a criminal justice department and play its full part in reducing crime and delivering for the public,” the spokesman said.
“The Prime Minister said we must deliver long-term reforms in areas such as health, children’s social care, youth services, education and employment that are needed to tackle effectively the complex causes of crime.”
Culled from The Telegraph