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Steve O’Connell

Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee
Greater London Authority (Confirmed)

Steve has been a Croydon councillor for Kenley since 2002 and is a former Deputy Leader of Croydon Council. Steve is a South Londoner who studied at Brockley Grammar School and who is a lifelong Crystal Palace supporter.  An animal lover, Steve is a Trustee of Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation as well as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He successfully stood for election in May 2008 and in May 2012 as the London Assembly candidate for Croydon and Sutton and was re-elected in 2016.  He has a particular interest in crime and safety, plus community cohesion as well as protecting our environment and green spaces.  He is also a firm advocate for social mobility. He was appointed as the Chair of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee in May 2016 and is also a member of the Transport Committee, GLA Oversight Committee and the Confirmations Hearing Committee. Biographical information as supplied by individual Assembly Members.

  • Reviewing the rise in violent crime in 2017, with murder up 17%, knife crime up 21% and gun crime up 20%
  • The Public Health Approach versus the Criminal Justice Approach to gangs: How can an integrated strategy be adopted?
  • Enhancing reporting standards of knife crime from schools and community organisations and ensuring that those carrying a knife are robustly dealt with through the criminal justice system
  • Exploring how the 2017 London Knife Crime and ‘London Needs you Alive’ Strategies could boost community-led intervention programmes to help young people turn their back on crime
  • How can tailored one-to-one mentoring prevent gang affiliated violence and criminal behaviour?
  • Outlining how improvements in vocational training and educational support have increased employability among young offenders and broken the cycle of reoffending by 38% over the past decade