Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have released a five-year the Police and Crime Plan following public consultation, but avoided making any mention of anti-Semitism.
Despite anti-Semitic incidents reaching highest records in 2016, the “A Safer City for All Londoners”, which followed a public consultation, referred only to general hate crime.
Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), which made a number of recommendations, stated “While there is a general section about hate crime, there is no specific mention of record-high antisemitism, and disappointingly there is very little to give us confidence that the Mayor and MOPAC intend to deal effectively with antisemitism.”
The campaign group welcomed the approach of “zero tolerance” adopted by the plan, but said it offers few details of measures for delivering it in relation to antisemitism.
In submission to MOPAC, some of the recommendations not included in the report included:
- Adopting the International Definition of Antisemitism and training officers in how to apply it;
- Producing a quick reference guide on antisemitism for all frontline officers;
- Reviving a shelved plan to set up a city-wide hate crime reporting hotline;
- Publishing even more granular statistics on hate crime, and allowing victims to report their ethnicity as “Jewish”;
- Adopting a formal process by which organisations involved in fighting hate crime can point out a flawed investigation for review by a senior officer;
- Adopting a policy of zero tolerance policing for those flying terrorist flags; and
- Working with Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Home Office and others to develop a state-of-the-art monitoring system for online antisemitism.
View the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021 below:
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