Disability Hate Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-06-13
Session date: 
June 13, 2012
Reference: 
2012/1712
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A recent report by Muscular Dystrophy Campaign found that 62% of disabled young people say that they have been the victim of disability hate crimes such as being verbally or physically abused, or suffering threatening behaviour. However, 6 out of every 10 crimes go unreported to any figure of authority and 80% of the young disabled people believe that the police do not take disability hate crime seriously enough.

Reporting of Hate Crime in London has remained both low and steady over the past 4 years.

Given this worrying evidence, what plans do you have as Mayor to increase disabled young people's confidence in the police so that they feel comfortable in reporting hate crime?

Answer

Answer for Disability Hate Crime

Answer for Disability Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is imperative to me that in 2012 we develop a focus on increasing reporting across all hate crimes and particularly disability hate crime. Raising confidence in the police is a key issue and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will be taking this forward with great enthusiasm. As part of the MOPAC work programme, officers will be working with the MPS to promote a range of activities to raise confidence and to increase reporting.

Examples of this are the MPS' two-day drop in events, incorporating the Keep Safe Scheme, which identifies local shops and businesses where vulnerable people can seek help if they feel threatened or have been a victim of crime, and also the True Vision hate crime reporting packs.