This week (Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 October), the Metropolitan Police Service is supporting national Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Superintendent Waheed Khan, The Met’s Lead Responsible Officer (LRO) for hate crime said: “Hate Crime Awareness Week is a national week of action, which takes place every October to raise awareness of hate crime.
“It aims to bring people together to stand in solidarity with those affected by hate crime, support them and raise awareness, as well as prevent hate crime with our communities across London and challenge hate crime in all its forms.
“London is such a diverse and tolerant city, but too many still feel marginalised, or worse intimidated to go about their daily lives due to their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender or disability.
“Hate crime incidents may involve a physical attack, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse, insults or online abuse using social media and it is a scourge on our communities.
“It can be deeply upsetting and humiliating for the victim, and sometimes victims don't believe they'll be taken seriously, however, I would like to remind victims that we (the Met) take a zero tolerance approach and that every report will be taken seriously.”
This month, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) announced new funding to tackle the growing threat of hate crime in the capital, including new support for communities that have specifically experienced hate crime following the 2016 referendum.
Supt Khan continues: “Hate crime affects people from all walks of life, and impacts on communities across London. The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and is committed to working with partners, such as MOPAC, TruVision, Tell Mama, Galop and Inclusion London, to robustly tackle hate crime by holding offenders to account, bringing prosecutions where appropriate, and in particular, supporting victims.
“The Met has seen an increase in the reporting of all types of hate crime, and this rise is in part due to the growing willingness of victims to report crime and improved awareness by police. We have also seen a sharp increase in hate crimes perpetrated online, and the Met works with online platforms to identify offensive content and the people who post it, and progress investigations.
“We would urge hate crime victims who have not spoken to police to come forward and tell us about incidents so they can be fully investigated.”
Anyone who believes that they have been the victim of a hate crime is asked to call police on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.
Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.