Disability Hate Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2348
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

From January to April this year, the Metropolitan Police Service recorded 229 cases of disability hate crime. This amounts to more hate crimes against disabled people in four months than the entirety of 2014. What steps are you going to take to tackle disability hate crime in London?

Answer

Answer for Disability Hate Crime

Answer for Disability Hate Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am concerned about any increases in hate crime.  We know however, that hate crime has historically been under-reported and that is especially true of disability hate crime.

In February the MPS and community partners launched the 'Disability Hate Crime Matters' initiative, providing briefings to frontline officers to ensure disability hate crime is recognised, properly recorded, and gets the response it requires. This has seen a far higher number of disability hate crime reports captured than would previously been the case.

Call centre staff, front-line officers and Community Safety Unit detectives now have the training to respond to reports of disability hate crime, including gathering evidence to support potential enhanced sentences for perpetrators, and ensuring victims are aware of where they can receive appropriate support.

I have pledged to direct the MPS to take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime, including disability hate crime. I want to build on successful community-led initiatives such as this and the development of my Police and Crime Plan will present an opportunity to hear more from communities and partner agencies about how we can work together to effectively tackle hate crime.