As part of new measures to boost confidence in Britain’s largest police force, hundreds of wanted criminals including sex offenders, burglars and robbers will be arrested in the next 100 days.
It comes as courts in London have been warned to expect a surge in cases as a result of the Metropolitan Police crackdown.
It is one of five areas that the force will focus on as new Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley makes his presence felt.
Rowley also mentioned that neighbourhood policing, drug gangs operating within London, fraud, and violent offenders are at the top of his list.
Commander Alexis Boon said there is a cohort of people who commit the most crime who will be targeted.
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He said: “We’re focusing particularly on offenders who commit violence against women and girls.
“So those that are wanted for rape, those that wanted for breach of orders, those that are out there for stalking, sex offenders.
“And then finally, in that wanted cohort of offenders, we’re going to go after the burglars, the robbers, the people with weapons.
“You will see hundreds of arrests over this 100 days of wanted subjects, people that we’re going to bring to justice.”
Sir Mark also pledged that a police officer will now attend every reported burglary in London – currently only half see an officer come out to investigate.
He has rejoined his old force at arguably one of the most turbulent times in its history, with the Met plagued by a series of scandals and the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer, and put in a form of special measures by a watchdog.