The main research agenda of this paper is to assess the resources and abilities of criminal
law in dealing with gang violence and knife crime. Why is it that in Britain, youth gang violence
and knife crime are not a new happening? Interestingly, they have existed across cultures and
times. Specifically, these research aims to point out the specific reasons as to why there has not
been a constitutional clause that has been successful and comprehensive in reducing their
prevalence. A general research on the main research question reveals that despite there being
various constitutional frameworks to deal with knife crime and gang violence, these problems
have long existed throughout history. As a matter of fact, in the urban centers of the United
Kingdom, gang violence began as early as the 19th century. This is in spite of the fact that the
Britain had various constitutional provisions to deal with gang violence and knife crime.
Essentially, this research is curious to determine whether the law had the capability to deal with
gang violence and knife crime. Most importantly, this study will do a comparative study of the
changes that have been made as far as these crimes are concerned and assess whether they have
been effective in combating them.
The current focus of this research is to determine the law’s capabilities and resources in
tackling gang violence and knife crimes. This research seeks to answer a fundamental question
with regards to the objective of this study; does the law have the necessary frameworks to curb
gang violence and knife crime? If so, how effective is it? Interestingly, this research will also
address the fact that gang violence is often despised by the law enforcement agencies. As a
matter of fact, most law enforcement agents believe that gang violence is not a major problem in
Britain’s urban centers largely because of the fact that the people who engage in it are often
motivated by a stage of life1. The premise of this argument has been based on the fact that
whatever gang violence yields can be converted to constructive activities such as community
service. The latter is a very interesting solution to the crimes but still, the fundamental question
in this research paper holds; is it effective? Therefore, the bigger picture and the current focus of
this research are to assess the effectiveness of the resources and capabilities stipulated by the law
in curbing the gang violence and knife crimes.
Importance of the Research
Assessing the effectiveness of the law’s capabilities and resources to curb gang violence
and knife crime is crucial. This is because the research will enable the government, law
enforcement agencies and the legislators to weigh the provisions of the law; in terms of the
resources and capabilities to deal with the crimes2. Additionally, this research will determine the
specific ways that the law has been effective/ ineffective in tackling knife crimes and gang
violence. In essence, this research will be useful in a number of ways.
In conclusion, this research is curious to determine whether the law had the capability to
deal with gang violence and knife crime using a comparative and real time analysis. The current
focus of this research is to determine the law’s capabilities and resources in tackling gang
violence and knife crimes. This would be achieved by determining whether the law’s capabilities
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and resources have been effective in dealing with gang violence and knife crime. Lastly,
studying on this research topic is critical because it will act a key performance index which will
enable the government, law enforcement agencies and the legislators to weigh the provisions of
the law; in terms of the resources and capabilities to deal with the crimes.