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Both MOPAC and the MPS undertake a significant amount of stakeholder engagement with London’s Disabled communities, and their representatives, to ensure their voice is heard in terms of the police response and how we support those subjected to Disability hate crime.
Inclusion London, the umbrella organisation for London’s many Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) attends the MPS Hate Crime Diamond Group and the London Hate Crime Prevention Board, chaired by Clare Waxman. DDPOs have the opportunity to directly input into how officers and frontline staff are trained to respond to disability hate crime reports and ensure those reporting receive the response that meets their needs. The imminent roll out of the MPS Hate Crime Risk Assessment form, to be used when responding to all hate crime reports, will help embed that improved response.
As well as engaging with local disabled community partners, the MPS is working with its own Disability Staff Association and the Business Disability Association to raise awareness of disability issues, including hate crime, in order to provide a more informed service, particularly in relation to non-visible disabilities.
DDPOs are also partners in London Victim and Witness Service and the CATCH consortium which provides specialist advocacy services for victims of hate crime. I have doubled the funding for this service this year, enabling it to support up to 900 victims of hate crime.