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This page contains information on the scrutiny of boroughs by the London Hate Crime Forum.

Warning: This is archived material and may be out of date. The Metropolitan Police Authority has been replaced by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC).

See the MOPC website for further information.

Hate Crime Forum scrutiny of boroughs

Formerly known as the London Race Hate Crime Forum (RHCF)

In 2004 the Forum began an investigation into London’s boroughs to see what programmes were in place for tackling race hate crime. The boroughs were prioritised by the number of racist incidents reported to the Metropolitan Police Service, those with the highest volume of incidents or showing a large year on year increase presented first.

The Forum acknowledges that increased numbers of crimes may be due to increased community confidence in reporting existing race hate crime rather than simply a rise in the number of incidents. These issues will be explored further at the Forum meetings and in reports produced by the Forum.
The initial eight boroughs seen were Hounslow, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Barnet, Southwark and Croydon. Following the investigation of these boroughs an annual report was produced.

In 2005 the Forum went on to hear from a further eight boroughs, these being Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Brent, Lewisham, Islington, Lambeth, Camden and Hackney. In a similar format to 2004 an annual report update was produced on the Forums work.

In 2006 the Forum completed its most recent set of borough meetings with presentations heard from Bexley, Enfield, Ealing, Merton, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, and Haringey. As in previous years an update of the annual report was produced reflecting on the work of the Forum.

2007 saw the final set of meetings with the Forum hearing presentations from Richmond upon Thames, Bromley, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Redbridge and Sutton.

As in previous years these selected boroughs will be invited to present their schemes and initiatives on race hate crime to the Forum. Areas the Forum is particularly keen to hear more information about include:

  • Details of the BOCU Race/Hate Crime Hotspots.
  • Number of ABC or ASBOS obtained during the reporting year.
  • Number of injunctions applied for against council tenants alleging inter alia race hate nuisance. Successful/unsuccessful.
  • Number of possession actions taken against council tenants alleging racist conduct as part of the grounds.
  • Number of council tenants/residents provided with panic alarms CCTV etc to protect against racial harassment.
  • Number of council tenants that have requested a move alleging racial harassment as a reason for the move.
  • Number of council tenants moved due in whole or in part due to race hate.
  • Any recorded time scales by which victims received responses from the relevant agency involved.
  • Any community satisfaction surveys conducted over the last three years.

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