Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0651
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to the Metropolitan Police Service, anti-Semitic hate crimes increased by 13% in 2015. While the Metropolitan Police Service have adapted their response to this crime by providing more patrols in key areas and remaining in regular dialogue with local synagogues and Jewish community leaders, what measures are being put in place to help fulfil your objective to prevent hate crime from occurring in the first place as stated in your hate crime reduction strategy?

Answer

Answer for Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Answer for Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We are working with partners to deliver a range of measures to prevent hate crime and reduce repeat victimisation.  There are three elements to this:

       Ongoing engagement with affected communities, and organisations representing them such as the Community Security Trust, to provide reassurance, support and preventative advice.  This approach is replicated with other affected communities; 

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       Work with criminal justice, local authority and housing partners, and VCSE organisations, to develop data tools and share data to identify communities and locations that may be targeted, allowing resources to be allocated accordingly;

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       Wider awareness raising work undertaken by MOPAC through the dissemination of 5000 Hate Crime Resource Packs to schools, colleges, community organisations and housing agencies to embed an understanding of what hate crime is, how to report it and what support is available to victims.

While there has been an increase in reported anti-Semitic hate crimes, the Crime Survey for England and Wales indicates that there has been a decrease in all hate crime, demonstrating a greater awareness of hate crime, and improved confidence of victims to come forward.