Elder abuse

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Last month the Crown Prosecution Service published it's the latest Hate Crime report, which included crimes against older people. There is currently no statutory definition of a crime against an older person, yet an older victim targeted because of their physical or mental fragility would certainly indicate that some crimes are specifically perpetrated because of their vulnerability. Would you advocate the police introducing a category of crimes against older people as a recordable category of Hate Crime?


Answer for Elder abuse

Answer for Elder abuse

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS Safeguarding Adults at Risk Procedure provides guidance for all police officers/staff on how to support, manage and investigate incidents involving older people who may be considered vulnerable due to their age.

The police will deal with crimes against older people in the same way as they deal with all criminal investigations, ensuring that older people have the same level of access to the criminal justice system when required. The MPS will also work with relevant partners to ensure that the particular needs of an older victim are being addressed. The requirements for recordable offences are set out in National Police Records (Recordable Offences) (Amendments) Regulations 2003.

Following the meeting of the Police and Crime Committee on 8 March 2012 the Deputy Mayor for Policing and crime will mount an exercise to check whether there is a disproportionate number of older victims in particular crime categories.