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Hate Crime

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Peter Whittle Peter Whittle Brexit Alliance

How many sworn and warranted Metropolitan Police officers are currently employed on monitoring hate crime on the Internet?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Officers do not spend time proactively monitoring hate crime on the internet, their role is to respond to reports of hate crime as and when they are made.

I have made tackling hate crime – whether on or offline a priority – because no one in London deserves to feel unwelcome or afraid simply because of who they are – and 87 per cent of Londoners agree. Police officers are required by law to respond to all reports of hate crime whether they are on or offline and will conduct an appropriate investigation based on the available evidence.

Local officers across London are trained to investigate all forms of hate crime along with many other complex forms of crime. Given that there are sometimes specific investigative requirements in hate crime cases, the Met’s central Hate Crime Hub which is comprised of five officers and includes a specialist capacity to investigate online hate crime, will provide support and advice to local investigations around online hate, and quality assure the timeliness and consistency of those investigations.