Race and religious hate crime victims

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


From 2012/13 to 2014/15 there has been a 33% increase in race & religious hate crime victims. If these figures show an increased level of reporting, which is good, it also shows a clearer picture of race and religious hate crime offences across London, which is alarming.  How are you tackling this problem?  Do you think the current approach is effective and what is your measure of success?


Answer for Race and religious hate crime victims

Answer for Race and religious 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, the MPS has over 900 specialist trained officers in Community Safety Units investigating hate crime and a Faith Hate Crime Working Group, which also helps monitor training, consistency of service provision and the effectiveness of front line response officers and Community Safety Units. 

The MPS maintains excellent relationships with stakeholder groups working in this field who share information with the MPS on anti-Semitic and Islamaphobic hate crime.  This has had a positive impact on the level of reported racially and religiously motivated hate crime in recent years, which helps to ensure that resources can be targeted effectively.

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.