Victims of crime and the Home Office (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3023
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A constituent has informed me of a victim of a crime who faced deportation after reporting it to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). When a victim of a crime reports an incident to the MPS, are their details always shared with the Home Office? If not, what are the criteria for doing this?

Answer

Answer for Victims of crime and the Home Office (1)

Answer for Victims of crime and the Home Office (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am sorry to hear that one of your constituents has been the victim of crime and it is clearly important that we do all we can do to encourage individuals to report offences.  All victims of crime in London are protected under the Victims' Codes of Practice, and entitled to support through the Victim Support Service and other third sector providers.  Victims of trafficking and organised crime are referred to the National Referral Mechanism at the Home Office and provided support with their immigration status.

The details of victims are not always shared with the Home Office, but, if officers have reasonable grounds to suspect immigration offences then they are duty bound to report them to the Home Office.