homophobic hate crime reporting

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4353
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

All too often attempts to report homophobic hate crime are dealt with insensitively. Will you commit to ensuring every Met employee who provides frontline services is effectively trained to deal with reports of homophobic abuse ?

Answer

Answer for homophobic hate crime reporting

Answer for homophobic hate crime reporting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

One of the aims of my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London is to ensure victims have the confidence that when reporting any type of hate crime they will receive an appropriate response.

You will be aware that, as pledged in my Police and Crime Plan, there is a designated LGBT liaison officer role in every borough. 

In addition, all MPS officers, staff and volunteers must complete a mandatory equality and diversity course, which includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues.  Community Safety Unit staff who investigate hate crime receive a further bespoke one week course, covering all aspects of hate crime including LGBT. 

In the last six months there has been a 22% increase in the number of homophobic hate crimes reported compared to the same period last year.  Community stakeholders expressed the view during the consultation that this reflects an increase in confidence to report rather than an increase in the amount of homophobic hate crime perpetrated in London.