Homophobic hate crime victims

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2007
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

From 2012/13 to 2014/15 there has been a 43% increase in reported homophobic hate crime victims.  You might argue that this figure shows increased reporting and increased confidence in the Met, however if this is a case of increased reporting the reality is that we are only just now getting a real picture of the problem.  On June 27th we celebrated our fabulous LGBTQ+ community at London Pride, what are you going to do to better safeguard this community? 

Answer

Answer for Homophobic hate crime victims

Answer for Homophobic hate crime victims

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms.  An increase in the reporting of hate crime can be positive and is one of the eight measures of success in my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy.

There are a number of actions within my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy that will ensure support is provided to affected communities.  These include the MOPAC pilot Hate Crime Victim Advocates scheme and the implementation of MPS Hate Crime Liaison Officers in every borough.  In addition, in line with my manifesto commitment, there approximately 155 LGBT liaison officers across the 32 London boroughs and over 900 specialist trained officers in Community Safety Units investigating all hate crime.

The MPS maintains excellent relationships with stakeholder groups, including Pride in London, and has established an LGBT Hate Crime Working Group also helps monitor training, consistency of service provision and the effectiveness of front line response officers and Community Safety Units. 

In addition, I have commissioned Victim Support to provide priority support to hate crime victims to ensure they receive fast and effective support to help them cope and recover and to reduce repeat victimisation.