Anti-semitic hate crimes in London

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As the number of anti-semitic hate crimes in London has more than doubled in the space of a year, with Metropolitan Police figures showing a total of 459 anti-semitic crimes in the past financial year - up 137 per cent from 193 the year before, what are you doing to combat this serious problem?


Answer for Anti-semitic hate crimes in London

Answer for Anti-semitic hate crimes in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like other forms of hate crime, anti-semitic hate crime is under reported, which is why I have continued to provide funding to the Community Security Trust to ensure its vital work in monitoring hate crime against the Jewish community, which provides valuable intelligence to the police, continues.

Such information enables the MPS and others to more effectively target their resources. The MPS response is a combination of targeted borough reassurance plans, and the deployment of additional central resources when and where needed and to ensure that at times when the community is particularly vulnerable/visible additional support is provided. In line with my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy, every borough will also have at least one MPS Hate Crime Liaison Officer who will conduct outreach work, identify hot spot areas for targeted activity, and also identify local support services. I and my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime continue to meet with members of the Jewish community and other faith leaders to provide reassurance and to consider how we might all work together to address this issue.