Hate Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0448
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Hate Crime offences have risen across London from December 2013 to December 2014, Anti-Semitic crime by 81%, Islamophobic crime by 61% and Homophobic crime by 42%.  What specific work are you doing to tackle this important issue?

Answer

Answer for Hate Crime

Answer for Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recently launched London's first Hate Crime Reduction Strategy, which has provided the strategic framework for the MPS's operational response, which is focussed on boosting confidence, preventing hate crimes, and dealing effectively with offenders.

For example, in response to the increase in faith hate crime, the MPS has conducted additional targeted engagement activities with affected communities and has increased patrols in key areas to provide reassurance and deterrence. Community tensions are also being monitored daily to ensure additional resources can be targeted effectively. In addition, my Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime and I have been engaging numerous organisations representing affected communities to provide additional reassurance, and to consider what more we can do collectively to address the problem.