Metropolitan Police Service Response to Online Hate Crime (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0468
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

If so, is there a standalone unit dedicated to tackling online hate crime?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service Response to Online Hate Crime (3)

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service Response to Online Hate Crime (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Hate crime is investigated by specialist Community Safety Units based within each of the 32 London boroughs. The officers who work in these units are provided with additional and enhanced training and are specialists in the investigation of hate crime. The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) provides advice and guidance in the investigation of online offences. 

Hate crime incidents, along with any other crime, can be reported to the police in person, by telephone or online. There is a specific page on the MPS website explaining how to report hate crime which also includes details of organisations which offer a third party reporting facility.

The MPS has recently commissioned a dedicated working group to scope the extent of online hate crime and consider the means of tackling it.