Hate Crime - Online Incidents (2)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What progress have you made with Online Hate Crime Hub (new police unit) to tackle online hate crime? Are you able to provide details of the research undertaken by this hub; plus statistics to indicate progress made to date by this Online Hate Crime Hub? Are there any specific projects/initiatives promoted by this unit?


Answer for Hate Crime - Online Incidents (2)

Answer for Hate Crime - Online Incidents (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Feedback from investigators indicate that the Online Hate Crime Hub provides efficiencies by reducing the duration of an investigation and identifying realistic criminal justice and victim outcomes at an early stage.   The hub is also developing a toolkit to develop the skills of all frontline officers.

However, the hub programme does not simply consist of the specialist officers investigating reports of crime.  It is focused on ensuring meaningful victim outcomes - which include specialist advice and advocacy to cope and recover from harm, and where possible the opportunity to engage restorative justice. The hub is underpinned by a number of academic research programmes, and is supported by MOPAC facilitated advisory and steering groups that include community stakeholders, social media companies and academia.

Sixty-six live allegations of online hate crime are currently being supported by the hub and it has provided specialist support in a further 167.  The hub has made 71 specialist victim referrals and advised on 61 breaches of service user agreements by suspects on social media platforms.