The Mayor has spoken out about the need to tackle homophobic hate crime and has raised this issue with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The Mayor has also highlighted the valuable role that LGBT Police Liaison Officers play in building greater confidence with the LGBT community across London.
Monitoring and targets
The MPS has set targets for all boroughs year on year to improve on previous Sanction Detection rates. MOPAC is monitoring the work of the MPS in achieving those targets and is anticipating the sharing of good practice across London to further improve the MPS response.
Tackling hate crime - a priority
MOPAC and MPS have a statutory duty to make sure that all hate crimes are dealt with appropriately and are working closely with the wider criminal justice organisations to make sure hate crime remains high on strategic and local agendas across London.
Increasing report rates
There has been an increase in the reported rates of homophobic hate crime and the Mayor will continue to work to ensure that LGBT people feel confident reporting hate crime to the MPS and LGBT liaison officers in their local boroughs. The Mayor will also aim to increase the Sanction Detection Rates of those people committing these criminal acts.