Deputy Commissioner Mackay and Crime Victims (1)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have noted the controversy generated by the comments made by Deputy Commissioner Mackey in the Evening Standard on 25 August 2017 that crime victims may not get a visit from the police if they speak good English. Has the Metropolitan Police now changed this policy so that all victims are treated equally, irrespective of what language they speak? Londoners expect police to respond according to the seriousness of the offence - not the personal circumstances of the victim.


Answer for Deputy Commissioner Mackay and Crime Victims (1)

Answer for Deputy Commissioner Mackay and Crime Victims (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met policy has not changed - they are here to protect all of the public, irrespective of their ethnicity or language.

The Evening Standard published an interview with the Deputy Commissioner, Craig Mackey, which covered some of the plans the Met has for managing its resources in-order to  maintain as good a service to the public as possible in the future.   From a discussion about how the Met would prioritise vulnerable people in some circumstances, they and other media have chosen to single out the fact that the Met see language skills as one area that could make someone more vulnerable and interpreted that as favouring people for whom English is not a first language.

The Met has sent the Evening Standard a letter to clear up any confusion and will publish it on their website. It is important to be clear that the Met do not give anyone a lesser service.