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Protecting Londoners from ‘thought crime’ policing (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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How many people accused of non-crime hate incidents have their details kept on record by the Metropolitan Police?

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The table below outlines the number of incidents. Without a manual search of each crime report we are unable to confirm how many reports have the personal details of the person suspected of being involved in the incident.

Experience tells us that sometimes incidents of hate can quickly escalate. Without that initial report, police can't build up a picture of offending over a period of time. The Met’s decision to record incidents partially comes from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report and is supported by College of Policing guidance which was upheld in the recent Humberside Court Case.

The police are required to record hate incidents they are called to that might not amount to a crime. An officer will record the incident on their local force database (CRIS) – not the Police National Computer –and then decide on the appropriate course of action.

The numbers of none - Crime Hate Incidents Recorded between January 2015 - November 2019 is as follows:

Hate Offence - Homophobic Incident