Hate Crime (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3728
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

There are reports of huge spike in hate crimes / racist incidents following atrocities in London. Islamophobic hate incidents too have been on the increase. What progress have the Met Police and other agencies made in tackling and reducing these crimes and reassuring local community and religious organisations as a way of support?

Answer

Answer for Hate Crime (1)

Answer for Hate Crime (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is a small minority who seek to divide us and victimise others because they are different, and this minority may feel emboldened at certain times of heightened tension.  As a reflection of this, there was a rise in Islamophobic offences in the days immediately following the terror attacks in London and Manchester, with a cumulative effect being seen. Offence levels have since returned to those we saw before the attacks.

We were already seeing an increase in reporting.  I believe this is in part due to a growing willingness of victims to report hate crime and an improved awareness amongst police officers to identify properly these offences and give support to victims - both of which are encouraging.  The MPS has also established close links with third party reporting groups such as TruVision, Tell Mama and Galop in order to gain a fuller understanding of Hate Crime and the extent of under-reporting.

The MPS also has over 900 specially trained investigators who deal with hate crimes, and those., along with the Hate Crime Liaison Officers now present in every borough, have been fully briefed about the increases.  They continue to engage proactively with affected communities and there is  continued dialogue to offer reassurance and advice to local race/faith organisations and places of worship on all London boroughs.

The MPS Hate Crime Diamond Group, which MOPAC and other partner agencies attend, meets this week and will look at levels of reporting, quality of the partnership response and the support we collectively provide to victims.