Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime and Abuse

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Post Brexit there are alarming reports of hate crime incidents. What is being done to support London Boroughs to address this issue and how is the MPS dealing with this to stop abuse and reassure London's communities in the aftermath of the referendum?


Answer for Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime and Abuse

Answer for Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime and Abuse

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have made my position clear, I will not tolerate hate crimes of any form, anywhere in London. 

My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has been engaging with pan-London community organisations and should have sent messages directly to communities and stakeholders assuring them that City Hall and the MPS are giving the fullest attention to the reported increase in racial hate crimes following the EU referendum result.

We are also advising communities how to report incidents. I have also written to schools offering reassurance and support to them in continuing to ensure our children can learn in a safe and welcoming environment.

In every London borough, local MPS officers are monitoring the levels of race and other hate crime incidents on a daily basis, and are proactively ensuring a visible, and friendly police presence in areas, and at times when communities are most busy.  Officers are also are continuing to maintain contact with community leaders to provide reassurance. 

I want to remind Londoners that they should immediately report any incident of hate crime they witness or experience to the police, or the other outlets available to Londoners.