Transphobic hate crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3722
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Home Office Minister Karen Bradley stated that the police need better training on how to spots signs of transphobic hate crime. What measures have been put into place to ensure that Metropolitan Police Service officers are as fully prepared as possible to spot the signs of transphobic hate crime?

Answer

Answer for Transphobic hate crime

Answer for Transphobic hate crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise that all hate crime, including trans-phobic hate crime, is under-reported, so I am pleased to inform you that the MPS has been making good efforts in this particular area, and has increased the amount of trans-awareness training to all MPS staff in the past year.

The MPS Trans Staff Support Association (TSSA) has delivered awareness training to frontline staff, safer schools officers and police cadet co-ordinators.  The service now has staff with specialist knowledge around trans matters, which includes spotting the signs of a transphobic incident and the use of correct terminology.  A best practice trans advice leaflet is also being drafted for circulation to all MPS staff.

In addition, to responding to the training needs within the service, the MPS has formed an LGBT Hate Crime Working Group, which includes TSSA representation, and will be considering broader matters including the consistency of service, performance, and the operational effectiveness of front line response officers when dealing with LGBT hate crime, including trans victims.